KAMM Updates

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It is KAMM’s 10th year anniversary!  Thanks for the celebration.   


KAMM Annual 2014 Conference

Mitigation Matters

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.


KAMM Announces 3 New Regional Representatives

KAMM welcomes Geni Jo Brawner and John Ward to a two-year term for their regions.  Lori Rafferty will fill the vacant representative role for one year.  Link to the About KAMM page to learn more.


KAMM Forming a CRS User Group Committee

Interested in joining KAMM to form a CRS Committee?  Send us a message at kentuckymitigation@gmail.com and we’ll contact you about a upcoming kick-off meeting in November.

To learn more about the CRS, click the Community Rating System Fact Sheet, March 2014.


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.


2016 Call for Projects for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are announcing the 2016 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the 2016 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Call for Projects. The 2016 Call for Projects will be open from October 1, 2014, to December 12, 2014. Project submittals will occur electronically and will be coordinated through the Area Water Management Councils. No paper submittals will be accepted.

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are competitive, low-interest loan programs for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects. If you are interested in receiving funding from either SRF loan program, you must coordinate with your Area Development District (ADD) to update or submit a Project Profile. The information provided in the Project Profile will be used by the Division of Water to score and rank projects based on the published set of criteria. The 2016 Project Priority List will be available on KIA’s website in the spring of 2015.

Visit the Division of Water’s web site to learn more about the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan.

If you have questions about completing the Project Profile or project eligibility for priority list inclusion, please contact Cindy McDonald (cindy.mcdonald@ky.gov) or Shafiq Amawi (shafiq.amawi@ky.gov) of the Water Infrastructure Branch of the DOW, or call (502) 564-3410. For more information on loan requirements, terms or eligibility contact Jeff Abshire (jeff.abshire@ky.gov) or Brandi Armstrong (brandi.armstrong@ky.gov) of the KIA, or call (502) 573-0260.


President Declares Disaster for Kentucky

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. (Source: FEMA funded, commonwealth administered.)
  • 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. (Source: FEMA funded, commonwealth administered.)
  • 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.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • 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.


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

Recent building science-related products are of particular interest to CRS communities.

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

Link to the KAMM Training webpage to learn more.






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