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2015 Membership

It’s that time of year again—your KAMM annual membership will be expiring on December 31, and your fees for next year’s membership are now due.  Joining KAMM has never been easier!   KAMM offers two easy ways to register, according to your payment method.   You can Pay by Credit Card or Pay by Check.  Follow the links below to complete 2015 membership.

To learn more about membership benefits, click Join KAMM.


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2015 Events/Training


KAMM 2015 Regional Training/Workshops

KAMM is hosting two trainings in all four KAMM Regions!

Are you a KAMM 2015 member?  If so, training is free.  If not, please register as a KAMM member first!

Read more on the KAMM Regional Info webpage, link here.


KAMM 2015 Annual Conference

August 24 – 27, 2015

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park


KAMM Forming a CRS User Group Committee

Interested in joining KAMM to form a CRS Committee?  Send us a message at kentuckymitigation@gmail.com.  Our kick-off conference call meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2015.

To learn more about the CRS, go to the KAMM Training page or click the Community Rating System Fact Sheet, March 2014.


 Announcement of DR-4196 Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding

December 2014

As a result of the Severe Storms, Flooding Landslides and Mudslides which occurred August 18, 2014 through August 23, 2014, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is pleased to announce the availability of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding for DR 4196.  Link to the KYEM DR-4196 NOFA (Notice of Funding Announcement).

Deadline:  To apply for a grant, please submit Mitigation Actions Forms (MAF) in the Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) by January 16, 2015 for consideration.  CHAMPS can be accessed at this website http://kyem.ky.gov/champs/Pages/default.aspx.


President Declares Disaster for Kentucky – DR-4196

September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of August 18-23, 2014.  The President’s action makes federal funding available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Floyd, Johnson, Knott and Pike counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.  W. Michael Moore has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Moore said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Federal Aid Programs for Kentucky Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  Emergency protective measures assistance is available to state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis.
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.  (Source: FEMA funded, commonwealth administered.)
  • Application procedures for the commonwealth and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/commonwealth applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the commonwealth from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.  See below.


Now Available! ROVER Version 2 (FEMA P-154 ROVER 2 CD)

December 2014

FEMA is pleased to announce that Rapid Observations of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk Version 2 (FEMA P-154 ROVER 2 CD) is now available, at no cost, from the FEMA Publications Warehouse.

ROVER is a fast, free, mobile software for pre- and post-earthquake building safety screening. With ROVER’s pre-earthquake module, field inspectors can quickly compile an electronic inventory of buildings, record important seismic features of a building, and generate an automatic estimate of the need for detailed seismic evaluation. ROVER’s post-earthquake module is used to quickly perform and manage the red, yellow, and green safety tagging almost universally applied to buildings after earthquakes. ROVER has been successfully pilot tested in Salt Lake City by the Utah Seismic Safety Commission and the Structural Engineers Association of Utah and by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The ROVER Version 2 now has a new user guide and the software includes these features:

  • Works on any device with a web browser and data connection New!
  • Includes RoverLoad, a python program for importing customer developed building data into ROVER New!
  • Includes RedROVER, software for exporting ROVER pre-earthquake data to FEMA’s HAZUS-MH 2.1 New!
  • Screen layout automatically adapts to the data-entry device: smartphone, tablet, or PC New!
  • Allows for the remote management of screening
  • One-time data entry to a built-in database
  • Captures digital photos and geolocation
  • Imports pre-existing data
  • Integrates with USGS ShakeCast (ROVER Edition) for seismic monitoring of buildings

Developed for FEMA under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) by ATC, SPA Risk LLC, and Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc., ROVER automates two de facto international standard paper-based seismic safety screening procedures: Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (FEMA P-154) and Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings (ATC-20). Users of ROVER Version 2 should be trained in the evaluation procedures in FEMA P-154 and ATC-20-1. Training on these procedures is provided in the FEMA ROVER 2 User Guide, which is included on the FEMA P-154 ROVER 2 CD.

To order your copy of the new FEMA P-154 ROVER 2 CD from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form. You may also download the updated software from ROVER Ready.


FEMA Announces Policy Updates to Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Standards

December 2014

As part of the semi-annual maintenance process, FEMA announces the revision of 18 Risk Map standards.  In August 2013, a set of standards for the Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment and Planning) program was issued as the FEMA policy Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping.  The purpose of the standards is to enable consistent performance of flood risk projects, processing of letters of map change and related Risk MAP activities.

Risk MAP has instituted a semi-annual maintenance process for this policy to address ongoing needs for updated standards and to provide regular updates of the procedures for mapping.  As a part of the regular maintenance, standards changes have been implemented related to levee Zone AR and A99 designations, implementing the changes from the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.  There are also changes related to updating maps to show a deaccredited levee through the Letter of Map Revision process, depiction of base flood elevations on flood maps, use of digital flood hazard data and some terminology changes.  FEMA conducted a public review of the draft standards earlier this year.  No comments were received.  As part of this maintenance cycle, FEMA is also issuing new guidance documents for Risk MAP and updating the related technical reference documents that define specific requirements for flood risk project deliverables.  These documents will be published over the next few weeks.

Risk MAP provides high quality flood maps for the National Flood Insurance Program, information and tools to better assess the risk from flooding, plus planning and outreach support to communities to help them take action to reduce (or mitigate) flood risk.  For additional information, please visit the FEMA Guidelines and Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping webpage.


2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

Link to the new information released by FEMA April 2, 2014 about the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

HFIAA 2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

For More information, link here.


NFIP Reform Acts of 2012 & 2014 – Program Changes Effective 4/1/15

Note the upcoming changes effective April 1, 2015 under the NFIP Reform Acts of 2012 and 2014.  These changes will require modification to the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual, Transaction Record Reporting & Processing (TRRP) Plan, and the Edit Specifications document.

Program Changes Effective April 1, 2015:

  • Updated premium rates conforming to HFIAA premium rate caps;
  • Premium increases for non-primary residences and Severe Repetitive Loss properties;
  • New rate tables for Substantially Damaged / Improved structures;
  • Increased Reserve Fund Assessments;
  • New procedures for properties newly mapped into a Special Flood Hazard Area (replacing the Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) Eligibility Extension procedure);
  • New HFIAA-mandated premium surcharge of $25 for policies covering primary residences and $250 for all other policies;
  • Revised deductibles amounts and new $10,000 deductible option for residential properties;
  • New minimum deductibles for PRPs and Mortgage Portfolio Protection Program policies; and
  • Requirement to identify legal address descriptions in the TRRP Plan.

Click here to read more.


FEMA Publishes Amendments for the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015

FEMA published Federal Register Notices amending several important indicators for the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance program for Fiscal Year 2015. Under the Individual Assistance program the maximum grant award was amended to $32,900. Under the Public Assistance program, the Statewide per capita indicator was amended to $1.41 and the countywide per capita indicator was amended to $3.56. The minimum amount to process a project worksheet was amended to $3,040, and the maximum dollar amount for a project to be considered a small project was amended to $121,600. Projects over $121,600 will be processed as a large project. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after October 1, 2014.


EPA is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 EE Grants Program

Proposals for the 2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted through February 2, 2015. This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model Grants RFP is now available for viewing.  Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP.

Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship.  Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.  Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques.  Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period.

Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply.


KAMM Annual 2014 Conference Recap

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

September 9 – 11 – 2014 

More Information:  Link to the 2014 Conference page for Presentations, Photos, Online survey, more Conference Information, and the Announcement of the 2014 Mitigation and Floodplain Manager of the Year Awards.


Governor Beshear signs Executive Order

July 30, 2014

Governor Beshear signed an Executive Order establishing the Council for  Community Recovery and Resiliency (CCRR).  This group will provide the necessary support, leadership and guidance to Kentucky communities that are drastically impacted in the event of a natural disaster.   Click Executive Order CCRR 7 30 14 to read more.


Warren Campbell, WKU, has BIG News!

We have arrived at a watershed moment for floodplain management.   Warren is heading up a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Floodplain Management at Western Kentucky University. The course will be available for students this Fall semester. It features required courses in hydrology, surveying, floodplain management, a field experience course, GIS, political science, journalism, geography, and geology and will be the first U.S. 4-year degree in floodplain management.

Prior to 1982 there were no U.S. degree programs in Emergency Management and Planning. The first was created in 1982 and today there are more than 200 Associates, Bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs available in EM&P. We hope that floodplain management follows this same pattern.  We feel these programs are filling a critical need since a recent study predicts that flood losses world-wide will reach $1T annually by 2050.


New Mitigation Publications

EPA’s Publication Center Streamlines Ordering EE Materials  It’s now easier to order EPA environmental education materials for your classroom.  The National Service Center for Environmental Publications is offering new order forms listing materials grouped by grade range (K-3, K-12, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and General Information for Teachers).  Each form has a picture of the item, title, brief description of the item, and the quantity limit that can be ordered. Order materials for your students today.

Quick Reference Guide: Comparison of Select NFIP & Building Code Requirements for Special Flood Hazard Areas  The Quick Reference Guide  is an 8-page guide that highlights the similarities and differences between the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) minimum requirements and the requirements of the International Code Series (I-Codes) and ASCE 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction, a standard referenced by the I-Codes. Among the features contrasted are foundation types, lowest floor elevations,enclosures below elevated buildings, and utilities requirements within the NFIP and I-Codes for most residential and commercial buildings.

CodeMaster for Flood Resistant Design (2012) is an easy-to-use,8-page desk reference that identifies the flood provisions in the 2009 and 2012 International Building Code® (IBC®) and International Residential Code® (IRC®), as well as the flood requirements of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards 7-05, 7-10, and 24-05.  The CodeMaster helps designers ensure that they incorporate the flood-resistant provisions of these codes and standards. There are sections on preliminary considerations and design process, key flood terminology, a 12-step process to incorporate flood resistance in the design of a building, an example showing the 12-step process being executed, and information on additional FEMA mitigation resources related to flood-resistant design. The guidecan be purchased from the International Code Council [http://shop.iccsafe.org/].

Reducing Flood Losses through the International Codes (4th Edition)  introduces a Model Code-Coordinated Ordinance that communities participating in the NFIP can rely on to form the basis of their floodplain management practices. Developed by the International Code Council in cooperation with FEMA, this guide provides tools for state and local officials to integrate theI-Codes into current floodplain management regulatory processes. The guide also identifies pertinent questions that should be answered in the context of each state’s or community’s existing statutes and codes, and offers examples of how the I-Codes can be modified to incorporate even higher standards to increase resistance to flood damage. Available at www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/96634.

Building Science into “discovery meetings” of the RiskMAP process.  Recent inroads have also been made incorporating Building Science into “discovery meetings” of the RiskMAP process, with a particular emphasis on discussing disaster-resistant building codes, hazard-resistant design, and construction and engineering guidance for mitigation/HMA projects. A key resource in this effort has been the Building Science Toolkit (FEMA P-950 CD) found at www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/92819.

“RiskMAP and CRS Synergy” is a recorded, one-hour webinar that introduces FEMA’s CRS and RiskMAP initiative and shows how communities can use both to improve their floodplain management programs. Class materials, including the handouts, the presentation slides, and a summary of the Q & A are available for download at http://www.starrteam.com/starr/Training_Materials/Risk_MAP-CRS_Synergy. The recorded webinar can be accessed at http://j.mp/starr-recorded-training (click on “Recorded Sessions” at the left).

Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration Projects.  The Environmental Law Institute and The Nature Conservancy released a new handbook to advance the use of a watershed approach in the selection, design, and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required as compensatory mitigation for permitted activities.  The joint report, Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects demonstrates how using a watershed approach can help ensure that these projects also contribute to goals of improved water quality, increased flood mitigation,improved quality and quantity of habitat, and increases in other ecological services and benefits.


Training Opportunities

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