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KAMM 2015 Annual Conference
August 24 – 27, 2015
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
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Nominations – Note Deadlines
- KAMM Board Nominations – Deadline August 14
- Mitigation Manager of the Year Nomination – Deadline July 31
- Floodplain Manager of the Year Nomination – Deadline July 31
KAMM Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Mitigation Manager and Floodplain Manager of the Year
To learn more about the awards, link to the announcements
- 2015 KAMM Mitigation Manager Nomination Announcement final
- 2015 KAMM Floodplain Manager Nomination Announcement final
Submit nominations to KAMM no later than July 31, 2015.
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KAMM Accepting Nominations for the KAMM Board
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FY15 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program Announcement
KYEM is pleased to announce FEMA has opened funding for the FY15 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program application period. Applications will need to be submitted in the eGrants system at https://portal.fema/gov. Applications will need to be submitted to KYEM via eGrants by Monday, August 10, 2015.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)- $150 Million
The FMA grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For the FY 2015 FMA program, FEMA will select sub-applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:
- Flood mitigation planning activities up to $100,000 federal share per applicant with a maximum of $50,000 federal share for state mitigation plans and $25,000 federal share for local mitigation plans
- Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet definition part (b)(ii) of a Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property: At least 2 separate NFIP claim payments have been made with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure
- Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet the definition of a Repetitive Loss (RL) property: Have incurred flood-related damage on 2 occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event
- Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures meet definition part (b)(i) of a SRL property: 4 or more separate NFIP claims payments have been made with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of claims payments exceeding $20,000
- Projects that will reduce the risk profile in communities through mitigation of the largest number of contiguous NFIP-insured properties
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) – $30 Million
The PDM grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disaster declarations. For the FY 2015 PDM program:
- Applicants may submit a maximum of 11 sub-applications in a PDM grant application: 10 for mitigation planning and project activities, plus 1 management cost sub-application. Of the 10 sub-applications for mitigation activities, Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 projects.
- Each Applicant’s number one ranked sub-application must not exceed $250,000 Federal share in order to be eligible for the state and tribal set asides.
- FEMA will use the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale to prioritize activities for competitive selection once the set asides have been met.
FEMA will select eligible applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:
- Statutory set aside of $250,000 per State/Territory/District of Columbia
- Up to $5 Million Tribal set aside for $250,000 per Federally-recognized tribe
- Mitigation planning activities from Applicants without Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available
- Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
- Flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
- Mitigation planning activities from Applicants with HMGP funds available
- Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available
- Flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available
For more information on the HMA, go to http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
FY 2015 HMA Guidance
FEMA has released the Fiscal Year 15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum. This document is applicable for disasters declared on or after February 27, 2015.
Significant changes have been made to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance, a comprehensive document that details the specific criteria of the three HMA programs: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) HMA Guidance provides stakeholders with updates and refinements of program policies and practice. These enhancements will promote resilience, and streamline application review, eligibility requirements, project cost estimate and implementation. Changes to the HMA Program Guidance include:
- Climate Change/Resilience: Recognizes challenges posed by climate change that may have impacts on mitigation. Applicants and sub-applicants can use the additional HMGP 5 percent initiative toward adopting and/or incorporating disaster resistant building codes.
- 2 Code of Federal Regulations Part 200: The OMB Super Circular: Adopts the regulations in the OMB Super Circular that outlines the federal government’s framework for grants management, and are applicable to FEMA grants issued on or after December 26, 2014.
- New Benefit-Cost Analysis Methodologies: Incorporates new methodologies for residential hurricane wind projects and the acquisition of properties in landslide hazard areas that are at risk of immediate threat.
- Various Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Clarifications: Enhances efforts to streamline the EHP review process, including defining the frontloading process (promoting the fuller consideration of EHP compliance requirements and impacts to a proposed project during project development).
- Resources and Job Aids: Includes 23 resources and job aids to assist in HMA program delivery. Examples are:
- Homeowner’s Guide to the HMGP answers some common questions that homeowners have about implementing post-disaster projects.
- Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation job aid discusses FEMA programs designed to promote community resilience.
- Closeout Toolkit includes frequently asked questions and a checklist to help recipients prepare for sub-award closeout activities.
- EHP Section 106 Overview includes process flowchart and information on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision making process.
The HMA Guidance consolidates each program’s eligibility information, outlines the common elements, and spells out the unique requirements among the programs so that federal, state, federally recognized tribal, territorial, and local officials can easily identify key similarities between the various programs. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
2015 Kentucky Disaster Declarations and HMGP Availability
At the request of Governor Steve Beshear, President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky and its citizens in designated counties that suffered significant damage from the February winter storms and April flooding event.
Kentucky Emergency Management ( announces the availability of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding for all three declared disasters. The Mitigation Actions Forms (MAF) must be submitted in the Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) by August 7, 2015 for consideration. CHAMPS can be accessed at this website http://kyem.ky.gov/champs/Pages/default.aspx. Follow the links to the the KYEM Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) after each description.
Kentucky Severe Winter Storms, Snowstorms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4216)
Incident period: February 15, 2015 to February 22, 2015. Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 30, 2015
Federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storms, snowstorms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of February 15-22, 2015. 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 severe winter storms, snowstorms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Boyd, Boyle, Caldwell, Clark, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lyon, Marshall, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Simpson, Taylor, Washington, and Wolfe counties.
In addition, federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period in the counties of Boyd, Boyle, Caldwell, Estill, Floyd, Jackson, Jessamine, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Lyon, Menifee, Morgan, Pike, Powell, Simpson, Taylor, Washington, and Wolfe.
Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4217)
Incident period: April 2, 2015 to April 17, 2015. Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 1, 2015
Federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 2-17, 2015. Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the commonwealth. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan, and Scott counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is 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, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Bath, Bourbon, Breathitt, Bullitt, Clark, Elliott, Estill, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Madison, Magoffin, Metcalfe, Morgan, Owsley, and Wolfe counties. FEMA amended its May 1 major disaster declaration for severe April storms to add Carter, Floyd, Lincoln, Nicholas, Owen, Pike, Spencer and Whitley counties to the list of counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.
Kentucky Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4218)
Incident period: March 3, 2015 to March 9, 2015. Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 12, 2015
Federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm, snowstorm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of March 3-9, 2015. 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 winter storm, snowstorm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Anderson, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Clay, Daviess, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Hancock, Harrison, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington, Webster, Whitley, and Woodford counties.In addition, federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period in the counties of Anderson, Boyd, Bourbon, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Carter, Daviess, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Hart, LaRue, Lewis, Marshall, Mason, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Robertson, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington, and Woodford.
More Information: Follow the Kentucky Emergency Management Disaster News on KYEM’s website, http://kyem.ky.gov/disasternews/Pages/default.aspx.
New Disaster Declarations Data Visualization Available
FEMA launched a new data visualization tool that enables the public to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. The Public Data Visualization Tool, accessible at www.fema.gov/data-visualization, allows users to view and interact with FEMA data. Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and financial support provided to states, tribes, and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. This builds off of the BETA launch in January where users were able to see a visual representation of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance.
The OpenFEMA data used in the visualization are from the publicly available datasets on www.fema.gov and www.data.gov. FEMA is committed to updating these existing datasets in a timely manner and as feasible, to provide new datasets for external partners to manipulate and use. FEMA will continue to develop additional visualizations based on feedback and the availability of public data.
FEMA also launched a new interactive tool to allow the public to explore currently-available FEMA grant data. This week, FEMA added Individual Assistance to the data visualization, which includes financial grants from the Individuals and Households Program. This program provides financial help or direct services to survivors if they are unable to meet their needs through other means through Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items).
Executive Order 13690 – Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
January 30, 2015
President Obama issued an Executive Order to Establish a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.”
The new Executive Order amends the existing Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management and adopts a higher flood standard for future federal investments in and affecting floodplains, which will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. This includes projects where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged. These projects make sure that buildings are constructed to withstand the impacts of flooding, improves the resilience of communities, and protects federal investments.
This Standard requires agencies to consider the best available, actionable science of both current and future risk when taxpayer dollars are used to build or rebuild in floodplains. On average, more people die annually from flooding than any other natural hazard. Further, the costs borne by the federal government are more than any other hazard. Water-related disasters account for approximately 85% of all disaster declarations. The Standard establishes the flood level to which new and rebuilt federally funded structures or facilities must be resilient. In implementing the Standard, agencies will be given the flexibility to select one of three approaches for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design, and construction:
- Utilizing best available, actionable data and methods that integrate current and future changes in flooding based on climate science;
- Two or three feet of elevation, depending on the criticality of the building, above the 100-year, or 1%-annual-chance, flood elevation; or
- 500-year, or 0.2%-annual-chance, flood elevation.
ASFPM Web Briefing:
The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has compiled a great web resource including the Executive Order, Fact Sheet and pertinent documentation that pertains to the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard; the web link to the ASFPM resource is: http://www.floods.org/?menuid=810.
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.
BW & HFIAA Information
Click on BW12 & HFIAA webpage to learn more about the following topics
- Primary or Principal Residence…or both?
- NFIP Reform Acts of 2012 & 2014 – Program Changes Effective 4/1/15
- 2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA)
- 2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview
Link to the KAMM Training webpage to learn more.
New Mitigation Publications – 2015
FEMA P-361 Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms April 2015. FEMA’s newly released Third Edition of FEMA P-361 provides the most current, up-to-date guidance on constructing a safe room that provides near-absolute protection from the deadly winds and windborne debris associated with extreme-wind events for its occupants. The information presented in FEMA P-361 is the culmination of many years of FEMA-sponsored post-disaster investigations into the performance of safe rooms and storm shelters during tornadoes and hurricanes.
FEMA P-361 includes information for safe room designers, owners, and emergency management officials useful for planning, designing, and operating a safe room. Especially useful for designers, Part B of the publication has eight chapters that correspond to the chapters of the International Code Council’s® Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC/NSSA, 2014), known as ICC 500. Each chapter in Part B identifies any differences between FEMA recommended criteria and ICC 500 requirements. All safe rooms constructed with FEMA grant funds must adhere to the FEMA recommended criteria described in Part B of FEMA P-361. Link to the publication at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3140.
Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room December 2014 FEMA recently updated FEMA_P-320_2014_508 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business. A safe room built for your home or small business can provide near-absolute protection for you and your family or employees from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds such as tornadoes and hurricanes. FEMA P-320 helps home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best type of safe room for their needs.
Since the first edition of FEMA P-320 was issued in 1998, more than 1,000,000 copies of the publication have been distributed, and FEMA grant programs have provided approximately $985 million in federal funds towards the design and construction of nearly 25,000 residential and 2,000 community safe rooms in 25 states and territories. This investment aligns with FEMA’s strategic goal to support disaster resilience and the ability of our local communities to withstand and recover rapidly from disasters.
Emergency Power Systems for Critical Facilities: A Best Practices Approach to Improving Reliability (FEMA P-1019) March 2015. There is a significant likelihood that utility power will not be available for an extended period of time during severe natural hazard events. Thus, it is necessary for critical facilities to have reliable sources of sustained electrical power to achieve continued operation. This new publication provides guidance on the design and operation of emergency power systems in critical facilities so that they will be able to remain operational for extended periods, as needed.
This document examines the vulnerability of electrical power systems to natural hazards, describes what equipment in critical facilities should be supplied by emergency power sources, how long the emergency power may be needed, the specific equipment needs of different types of critical facilities, and how emergency power can be supplied. It provides guidance on how to assess the risks and vulnerabilities to the electrical power system, identifying performance goals for an emergency power system, and the importance of having realistic emergency management policies that address emergency power. FEMA P-1019 is available in print and can also be downloaded for free at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/101996.
Non-Engineered Opening Guide February 2015. To Assist in the Compliance and Measurement Documentation of Non-Engineered Flood Openings for the Elevation Certificate in Accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Link here Non-Engineered Opening Guide.
Federal Guidelines for Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA P-1025) January 2015. This document provides guidelines for implementing risk-informed decision making in a dam safety program. The intended audience is Federal agencies that own or regulate dams. The guidelines could also be applied to non-federally owned or regulated dams that can impact federally owned or regulated facilities; however, this would require the cooperation and involvement of the non-Federal dam owner. https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/101958.
Kentucky’s Typical Permits at a Glance January 2015. The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) has published a new document that covers the major permits and authorizations typically issued by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP). The At-a-Glance document provides information on understanding permits and the most common permits and authorizations issued. Click TypicalPermitsAtaGlance to read the document.
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Seismic Hazards February 2015. FEMA announces the third edition of Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards. The Handbook (FEMA P-154), Supporting Documentation (FEMA P-155), and CD (FEMA P-154 CD) are now available, at no cost, from the FEMA Publications Warehouse. The Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) procedure comprises a method and several forms that help users to quickly identify, inventory, and score buildings according to their risk of collapse if hit by major earthquakes. The FEMA P-154 Handbook describes how to identify the structural type and key weakness characteristics, how to complete the screening forms, and how to manage a successful RVS program. This edition includes extensive updates, including improvements in the methodology, the screening forms, and the underlying scoring; the addition of a more detailed professional screening option (level 2 screening); new quick reference guides with extensive figures illustrating important building characteristics; an electronic scoring option; and guidance on how to administer an effective screening program.
Developed for FEMA under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) by the Applied Technology Council (ATC), the P-154 RVS can be performed by individuals with sufficient RVS training for the level 1 screening and by professionals in building design and construction for the level 2 screening. Extensive detail is also provided in FEMA P-155 on the third edition scoring and associated risk. The FEMA P-154 CD contains PowerPoint slides with instructor notes; the RVS Student Manual (FEMA 154SM); data collection forms; and PDF and text file versions of FEMA P-154 (both FEMA P-154 and FEMA P-155 include the FEMA P-154 CD).
In-person training on the third edition of FEMA P-154 is available through FEMA’s National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP). For the NETAP training calendar and information on how to request training, visit NETAP. To order your copy of the Handbook (FEMA P-154), Supporting Documentation (FEMA P-155), and CD (FEMA P-154 CD) from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form. To view or download other FEMA earthquake publications and products, visit FEMA Earthquake.
FEMA and the Dept of Transportation Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration Release New Guidance Document January 27, 2015. FEMA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), released the new guidance document, “Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines.” It outlines best practices for communities to reduce risks from pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazards. It was prepared by PHMSA’s Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Communications Team and is sponsored by PHMSA in coordination with FEMA as a primer for incorporating pipeline hazards into hazard mitigation plans.
The guidance aims to provide emergency managers, planners, and others involved with developing hazard mitigation plans with the knowledge and understanding of:
- how pipelines operate,
- the common products that may be transported through transmission pipelines,
- the potential impacts (risks) of pipeline incidents,
- and mitigation strategies they can implement to reduce these risks.
FEMA, DOT and the PIPA team work closely together to share program requirements and guidance, and discuss opportunities for collaboration. PIPA team contributors include state, federal and local government officials, as well as representatives from the pipeline industry and the general public. To view the new guidance document and for additional information and resources to support states, tribes and local communities in developing hazard mitigation plans to build and maintain capabilities to reduce risks from all hazards visit www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-planning.
Federal Guidelines for Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA P-1025) (2015). This document provides guidelines for implementing risk-informed decision making in a dam safety program. The intended audience is Federal agencies that own or regulate dams. The guidelines could also be applied to non-federally owned or regulated dams that can impact federally owned or regulated facilities; however, this would require the cooperation and involvement of the non-Federal dam owner. https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/101958.
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