KAMM Updates

Kentucky Watches, Warnings or Advisories  – Weather Alerts Follow the alerts, link here.


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KAMM Spring Newsletter!

In this edition …

  • A Note from the Chair
  • Announcing 2020 KAMM Conference
  • KAMM Call for Abstracts
  • 2020 Regional Training Meetings
  • KAMM’s Community Grant Opportunity
  • Public Notice Requirements –State Floodplain Permits
  • FEMA Accepts Comments on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement Policy
  • Publication, Program Updates and Releases
  • Training Opportunities
  • National Weather Service celebrates its 150th Birthday
  • ASFPM Foundation Releases Report on Urban Flooding
  • KAMM Conference Sponsors

Link to the KAMM Newsletter Spring 2020 Final


Save the Date!

Announcing 2020 KAMM Conference

Mitigation Reaches New Heights: KAMM in the Mountains 2020

September 22 – 24, 2020

September 21, 2020 – Preconference Workshops and Activities

Appalachian Wireless Arena, Pikeville

Link to the 2020 Conference page for more information.  


Announcing KAMM 2020 Regional Training

As a benefit to KAMM members, free Regional Training is available in all four regions. 

Regional Representatives utilized topics you suggested during the 2019 KAMM Conference to develop regional agendas.  Due to your input in the Regional Meetings, we are excited to announce training that focus on topics that matter to your community.   Please register for any training you would like to attend in any of KAMM’s four regions.

Link to 2020 KAMM Regional Training for more information and to register.  


2020 KAMM Conference Call for Abstracts

September 22 – 24, 2020 Annual Conference

September 21, 2020 – Preconference Workshops and Activities

Appalachian Wireless Arena, Pikeville

Mitigation Reaches New Heights: KAMM in the Mountains 2020

We invite KAMM friends to take part in this year’s annual conference and preconference activities by submitting an abstract for the conference program.  If you are a local, regional, or federal official, an agency, a consultant, a KAMM member, or anyone else with an interest in mitigation, we invite you to be a part of our conference program. 

Link to 2020 KAMM Conference Call for Abstracts


Announcing KAMM’s Community Grant Opportunity

KAMM is happy to announce that we are accepting applications for the KAMM 2020 Community Mitigation Grant Program.  KAMM promotes natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery as well as public awareness of floodplain, stormwater, and emergency management. 

The newly formed KAMM Grant Program offers local communities an opportunity for assistance with a mitigation project.  The program allocates funds for projects that promote hazard mitigation and management or mitigation awareness in your community. Available grant funds will vary each year and will range from $500 to $3,000.

Please be creative!  What are your community mitigation actions?

The deadline to submit is March 31, 2020.  We will notify applicants on April 15, 2020. 

Link to the KAMM Grants Program Announcement Final.

To Apply for a Grant, link to http://www.kymitigation.org/announcing-kamms-community-grant-opportunity/


Gov. Beshear Announces $500,000 in Grants Available for Qualifying Counties for Debris Disposal after Flooding

PRIDE funds will go toward environmentally responsible disposal

Feb. 18, 2020

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced that a total of $500,000 in grant funding is available to qualifying counties for flood debris cleanup.

Grants will be made available for the 12 counties that have received a state of emergency declaration from the governor: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Hickman, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary, Metcalfe, Perry and Whitley.  Counties will be eligible for up to $50,000 each to cover the cost of collecting, transporting and disposing of municipal solid waste resulting from the flood event.

Gov. Beshear, who declared a state of emergency Feb. 7 and deployed state resources as he visited areas hardest hit by recent rains.  Kentuckians impacted by recent flooding are urged to be safe and environmentally conscious when cleaning and disposing of material.  Potential hazards include asbestos, mold and toxic chemicals.

Funding for the cleanup comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund, through a $1.75 environmental remediation fee for each ton of garbage disposed of at Kentucky municipal solid waste disposal facilities. The Kentucky Division of Waste Management administers the fund.

Storm debris handling guidance and additional resources can be found on the EEC website. Information also is available regarding the disposal of items such as livestock carcasses, 55-gallon drums or tanks, and for the cleanup of waterways. Please note that the preferred method for managing woody or vegetative debris is by composting, shredding or chipping for reuse as mulch.

Kentuckians should contact their local solid waste coordinator to learn if debris will be picked up curbside or if debris must be taken to a designated location.  Kentucky restricts open burning.  Burning is permitted only in limited circumstances and under specific conditions.  The burning of household trash other than uncoated paper products is illegal year-round.

Gov. Beshear and state and local leaders provided an update on the emergency management and relief response to flooding events in Southeastern Kentucky during a Thursday briefing at the London Joint Readiness Center.  They also assessed impacted areas by helicopter.  The briefing, held in accordance with state emergency management guidelines, aimed to inform local officials on how best to access and respond to recent flooding events. 

Grant application packages will be emailed to eligible counties.  For additional information, please contact Gary Logsdon (502-782-6405) or Lisa Evans (502-782-6355).

To read more about flooding updates, click here.


FEMA Accepts Comments on New Building Code Policy

The draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement is currently open for a 45-day public review and comment period, ending on Friday, March 6, 2020.  

FEMA is accepting comments for the new draft policy regarding Section 1206, “Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement” of the DRRA (Disaster Recovery Reform Act). 

FEMA is implementing DRRA section 1206 through the PA Program. The draft policy defines the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation through the PA Program.

The intent of this policy is to provide communities with the resources needed to effectively administer and enforce building codes and floodplain management ordinances adopted by state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for a period of no longer than 180 days after the date of a major disaster declaration.

After a disaster, local building departments sometimes lack the resources to carry out their duties in a timely manner due to the volume of work.  This can result in communities waiving or suspending their codes/ordinances post-disaster.  This policy is intended to provide communities with the resources necessary to effectively administer and enforce state and locally adopted building codes and floodplain management ordinances.

FEMA has released the draft policy for a 45-day public comment period.  Comments received during this period will be reviewed and considered for the final version of the guide to be released March 6.

Please submit comments to FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov. Comments must be submitted using the accompanying comments matrix.

Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Public Assistance (PA) Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.

The draft policy and accompanying comments matrix is located on the FEMA website.  


Most Funded 2019 Hazard Mitigation Grant Projects

In 2019, FEMA funded more than $1.16 billion in Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants.  This included these top five project types:

  1. Flood Control: $148 million was granted to flood-risk reduction projects such as dikes, levees, floodwalls and erosion projects that are cost-effective, feasible and designed to reduce risk. 
  2. Acquisitions: $132 million was granted to communities to acquire or buy properties from homeowners and demolish or relocate any structures on the property. 
  3. Utility and Infrastructure Protection: $112 million was granted to fund projects that reduce risk to existing utility systems, roads, and bridges such as seismic retrofits to strengthen buildings against earthquakes and burying utility lines to protect them from high-wind events such as hurricanes.
  4. Generators: $73 million was granted for the purchase and installation of generators for the protection of critical facilities.
  5. Safe Rooms/Wind Shelters: $67 million was granted for safe rooms that are designed and constructed either in community spaces such as schools or community buildings.  These rooms provide protection during extreme weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes.  

By design, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requested by the Governor or Tribal Executive. This grant program also enacts mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.


Public Notice Requirements – State Floodplain Permits

December 1, 2019

The Kentucky state floodplain regulations requires that while issuing a state floodplain permit, the applicant (i.e. the person or persons applying) are required to “…provide notice to all parties who may incur additional flood-related damages…” as part of the application process.  The Division of Water is making 2 changes to how public notices are handled, to ensure that due process is given to anyone interested in proposed floodplain projects.

Read More, link here.  


Upcoming Training


Kentucky Office of Energy Policy Hosts – Energy Efficiency for Disaster Resilience Workforce Training

March 25, 2020

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hampton Inn, Winchester

Unpredictable and potentially devastating weather events demonstrate that disaster and calamity are no longer events that are few-and-far between.

This workforce-training event offers discussions on the efficiencies, characteristics, advantages and benefits of insulated concrete forms (ICF) for residential and commercial construction, and includes a site tour of an ICF structure.

Funded by a State Energy Program grant, the workshop is hosted free of charge in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy and the Build with Strength Coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

The workshop agenda is available: https://www.nrmca.org/Education/Seminars/icfs.asp

Architects, contractors, and all building professionals are encouraged to attend either the morning, afternoon or all-day session. While there is no charge to attend, on-line registration is required.

Architects may earn up to 8 continuing education AIA-CES Learning Units, Certificate of Completion.

To learn more about this workshop or other energy projects funded by the Office of Energy Policy, contact Amanda.LeMaster@ky.gov.


2020 NWS Spotter Training

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the focus is reporting on severe local thunderstorms.  In an average year, the United States experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes.

Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety


Date & Time


Contact Info



Mon, Mar 2

7:30-9:30 PM EST

American Red Cross

1450 Newtown Pike

Joe Sullivan



Thu, Mar 5

7:00-9:00 PM EST

Arvin Education Center

1650 Colonels Dr

Ron Steve



Tue, Mar 17

7:00-9:00 PM EDT

Christview Christian Church

3133 Boonesboro Road

Joe Sullivan



Learn more about the NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program


2020 NFIP Adjuster Claims Presentation

Lexington, KY

April 20, 2020

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
begins at 8:00 AM.

Adjusters seeking to renew NFIP Authorization or become authorized must attend an NFIP Adjuster Claims Presentation, then apply for authorization with the NFIP Bureau and Statistical Agent. The NFIP Presentation closely follows the 2018 Claims Manual.  It is designed to improve clarity of claims guidance to adjusters so that policyholders experience consistency and reliability of service.

The Presentation provides processes and best practices for handling claims from the notice of loss to final payment.

Renewing/Obtaining Flood Control Number Adjusters seeking to maintain their active registered status must attend an NFIP Claims Presentation each calendar year.  This course is approved for 6 hours of CE credit.

NFIP standards and requirements for flood adjusters may be found in the Claims Manual.

Link here, to Register.


Publications, Program Updates and Releases


Flood Insurance Rates Increase Take Effect April 1, 2020 

April 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021, Program Changes

On Oct. 1, FEMA announced key changes for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to begin on April 1, 2020.  Changes include updated increases to conform to the premium rate caps established by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA).  

Link to the April 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021, Program Changes Announcement

Beginning on April 1, 2020, renewal premiums will increase an average of 11.3 percent.  These amounts do not include the HFIAA Surcharge, or the Federal Policy Fee (FPF).  Nearly 80 percent of policyholders already pay a full-risk rate and will therefore not experience this rate increase.  The Severe Repetitive Loss Premium is increasing to 10 percent for all policies covering properties with that designation.

In addition, it was also announced that annual premium increases of 14.9 percent for preferred risk policies and 14.8 percent for newly mapped procedure policies will be effective on Jan. 1, 2021.

Visit FEMA.gov to review the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual.


National Dam Safety Program releases the Dam Incident Planning Guide

November 21, 2019

FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) has released its newest publication – Emergency Operations Planning: Dam Incident Planning Guide.  The Dam Incident Planning Guide supports state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers in planning for dam incidents and failures by summarizing the concepts that a community should consider when creating dam incident-specific elements of local emergency operations plans.  This Guide builds on the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.  It also provides guidance for dam owners and operators on how to engage with emergency managers prior to an incident to ensure a well-coordinated response.

This Guide is intended to help community planners create a plan to respond to dam incidents that take place in, or affect, their communities.  Some communities will choose to address dam incidents in an annex to their emergency operations plan or comprehensive emergency management plan or as an appendix to other base planning products, or they will create a stand-alone dam incident plan.  A general template is included in Appendix A for a community dam incident plan that can be adapted to meet each community’s needs.

The NDSP offers a Dam Safety Collaborative Technical Assistance (CTA) program.  Through this program, emergency managers work collaboratively with neighboring communities, agencies, and the private sector to gain a detailed understanding of the risks they face from local and regional dams and how those risks can be addressed.  A key product of the CTA program is a completed dam incident plan or annex, which this guide has been produced to inform this process and help dam owners and operators to engage with emergency managers prior to an incident to ensure a well-coordinated response.


FEMA Implements P-2055-

Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance

November 27, 2019

DRRA section 1241 directs FEMA to develop guidance for building experts to use when they evaluate structures for safety and habitability after a disaster.  In November 2019, FEMA published the FEMA P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance as required by DRRA Section 1241: Post-disaster Building Safety Assessment.  The report is on the current state of practice for post-disaster building safety evaluation, including recommendations related to structural and nonstructural safety and habitability. 

FEMA P-2055 summarizes and references best practice guideline documents or provides interim recommendations for issues without best practice guidance.  It also identified recommended improvements and needs, including a primer for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that have the authority to set standards or policy related to the implementation of post-disaster evaluations, to protect the design professionals who volunteer as evaluators, and legislation to create the authority to evaluate and post buildings, deputize evaluators, and restrict occupancy. 

The following incident types are covered in the Guide: earthquakes; hurricanes; floods; tornadoes; tsunamis; landslides and other land instabilities; volcanoes; snow, hail, and ice storms; fire; and explosions.  The Guide can be a reference for any post-incident evaluation process and is not limited by the scale or official declaration of a disaster.


FEMA Announces National Mitigation Investment Strategy

August 13, 2019

FEMA, in close coordination with experts across governmental agencies, academia and non-governmental organizations, released the National Mitigation Investment Strategy.  The strategy is intended to improve the coordination and effectiveness of mitigation investments, defined as risk management actions taken to avoid, reduce or transfer risks from natural hazards.  The Investment Strategy’s overarching goal is to improve the coordination and effectiveness of “mitigation investments,” defined as risk management actions taken to avoid, reduce, or transfer risks from natural hazards, including severe weather.

This document provides a national, whole-community approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management across federal, state, local, and tribal and territorial governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors.  Recommendations proposed in the strategy will reduce loss of life and injures, damage to property, and negative impacts to the economy and the environment, and lead the whole community in building a more resilient future.

Below are recent examples of EPA’s continued dedication and investment in mitigation strategies across the country.

  • Regional Resilience Technical Assistance – After helping three California regions take large-scale action for disaster resilience, EPA and FEMA partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Association of Bay Area Governments to create a toolkit that helps regions plan for disasters by working across multiple jurisdictions and with non-governmental partners.  The Regional Resilience Toolkit provides a step-by-step process to help decision makers engage with partners and stakeholders, conduct vulnerability assessments, identify and prioritize strategies, fund projects, and evaluate results. 
  • Integrating Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans – EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Community Revitalization are partnering with FEMA to help states and communities integrate hazard mitigation plans and water quality plans.  Project locations include: Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Albany, New York; Huntington, West Virginia; Ashland, Oregon; State of Kentucky; Lower Meramec Valley, Missouri; Denton, Texas; Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona; and Mystic River in Massachusetts.  Results, to date, demonstrate the benefits of using green infrastructure for multiple community goals including hazard mitigation, water quality, and floodplain management.  Several of the communities are already seeing reduced flood insurance rates based on adoption of stormwater policies that reduce risk. 
  • Building Flood Resilience in Vermont – In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused significant flood damage to historic structures, homes and businesses in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.  In 2012 at Vermont’s request, EPA partnered with FEMA to identify state and local policy options to increase community flood resilience.  The state adopted several of the strategies that emerged from the workshop.  The project developed a Flood Resilience Checklist that communities can use to assess their preparedness for future flooding events. The state provided this checklist to several other Vermont communities through a follow up project, the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative, and the checklist is the basis for the Flood Resilience for Riverine and Coastal Communities tool offered by EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

News Worthy of Repeating 


Story Map Highlights Award-Winning CTP: Kentucky Division of Water Resources

Kentucky CTP Story Map

When it comes to mapping Kentucky’s floodplains, the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) is a Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) with FEMA.  The CTP Program is an innovative approach to creating partnerships between FEMA and other agencies that have the interest and capability to become more active participants in the FEMA flood hazard mapping program.  

In 2018, KDOW was awarded 1st place in the CTP Recognition Program.  The Division was recognized by FEMA for excellence in Communications, Outreach and Program Management for integrating different technologies to communicate flood risk, including virtual reality and live polling during meetings, and for embracing a variety of partnerships.  KDOW’s work has been featured in a story map that is an interactive product that uses GIS maps, narrative text, images and video to showcase CTP work.

View the story map at http://arcg.is/1nqua0 to see some of the great things that the Kentucky Risk MAP team had done over the past several years.



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