Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Community Input into Green Infrastructure Projects.  April, 2018.  Many communities are turning to “green infrastructure” to reduce flooding, clean and conserve water, and provide recreational and other benefits.  But how can local governments ensure they’re meeting the needs of the community?  The Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Community Input into Green Infrastructure Projects shows how.  The guide provides details and tips to help local governments as they move through the decision making process in eight, easy-to-digest steps.  While the guide is directed largely at local governments, it could also be a useful resource for other groups such as community and nonprofit organizations that are looking to implement green infrastructure projects in their communities.  Download the Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Community Input into Green Infrastructure Projects.  For additional information, visit ELI’s Green Infrastructure Program.

Mitigation for Homeowners. May 2018. There are a wide range of options for protecting a home from flood and wind events through mitigation.  Be
sure to consult with a licensed contractor and the local building department before making any structural changes to understand requirements and obtain any necessary permits.  Download the Mitigation_For_Homeowners_FactSheet.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing for High-Wind Regions.  May 2018. The purpose of this Recovery Advisory is to recommend practices for installing asphalt roof shingles that will enhance wind resistance in high-wind regions. For the purpose of this advisory, a high-wind region is considered to be an area where the basic (design) wind speed for Risk Category II buildings (as defined in American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE] 7, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures) is greater than 115 miles per hour. The primary audience for this advisory includes contractors and design professionals, but the practices presented here may also be helpful for homeowners and other building owners.  Download the Asphalt Shingle Roofing for High-Wind Regions.

Dry Floodproofing – Planning and Design Considerations.  April 2018.  The purpose of this Recovery Advisory is to provide guidance on the design of dry floodproofing measures to reduce flood damage and limit interruption of building services.  This advisory incorporates observations made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  It describes best design practices and successful implementation of dry floodproofing, as well as lessons learned from failures.  The information in this advisory is directed toward existing and new non-residential facilities.  Download the Dry Floodproofing – Planning and Design Considerations.

Public Assistance (PA) Program and Policy Guide.  April 2018.  FEMA applies this Version 3.1 to incidents declared on or after August 23, 2017 or, with respect to the changes made in this version, any application for assistance that was pending before FEMA as of August 23, 2017 and has not been finally resolved as of January 1, 2018. This version supersedes Version 3.0 issued on January 2, 2018.  On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123).  Download the PAPPG_3.1_508_FINAL_5-4-2018.

Planning-Related Activities Using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 7-Percent Funding.  May 2018.  To strengthen hazard mitigation across the country, FEMA supports a variety of planning-related activities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  In addition to hazard mitigation planning grants, this funding is available for planning-related activities and provides flexibility to State, tribal and local governments to reduce risk and integrate hazard mitigation principles into planning for resilience.  Download the Planning_Related_Activities_Fact_Sheet_508_Compliant_5-2-18.

Temporary Occupancy of Substantially Damaged Structures after a Disaster.  April 2018.  This fact sheet is designed to help Floodplain Administrators and Building Code Officials understand whether communities may allow displaced property owners to occupy potential or declared Substantially Damaged (SD) residential structures until the structure can be brought into compliance with local floodplain management ordinances or building codes.  Download the FSTempOccupancySubstantiallyDamagedStructuresAfterDisaster508.  For additional guidance on SD, see FEMA P-758 Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Reference (2010).

Understanding Substantial Structural Damage in the International Existing Building Code.  April 2017.  This document will help you understand how the concept of Substantial Structural Damage (SSD) is used within the International Existing Building Code® (IEBC®).  FEMA’s Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards Policy found in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, Chapter 2 – Section VII.B.2,1 (Policy) requires that projects receiving FEMA assistance for repair or replacement incorporate the natural hazards-related provisions of the most recent edition of the International Code Council’s® (ICC®) International Building Code® (IBC®), International Residential Code® (IRC®), and/or the IEBC.  The policy applies to buildings that have sustained any level of damage (including, possibly, SSD or Substantial Damage), as well as projects involving new construction, such as improved projects, alternate projects, or projects eligible for replacement in accordance with 44 CFR, Part 206.226(f).  The relevant code provisions include not only the design criteria for repair or replacement construction, but also those provisions that determine whether repair to the pre-damage condition is sufficient, or whether repair must be supplemented by improvement.  Download the PA_Job-Aid-Understanding_SSD_International-rev.

Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide Released.  May 2018.  On May 31, FEMA released the updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201 to reflect the changes in methodology for the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), formerly the State Preparedness Report. The update includes both the THIRA and SPR because they are interconnected processes that, together, communities use to evaluate their preparedness.  The updated methodology goes into effect this year.