KAMM Updates

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

 

Thank you for Attending the 2016 KAMM Annual Conference!

August 22 – 25, 2016
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – Gilbertsville, KY

Link to Conference Recap

KAMM Conference Sponsors:  We appreciate our sponsors!  Link here to see the 2016 Sponsors.

 

Public Notice of the FEMA Intended Procurement for NFIP

December 8, 2016

With the impacts of several large flood disasters over the past years, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experienced situations where the cost of policy claims far exceeded the amount of premiums and accumulated surplus.  This resulted in the NFIP incurring a debt to the U.S. Treasury of $23 billion.

Through the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, FEMA received the authority to secure reinsurance from the private reinsurance and capital markets. In response, FEMA created the NFIP Reinsurance Program with the primary objective to diversify the tools it uses to manage the financial consequences of the government’s catastrophic flood risk.

The NFIP Reinsurance Initiative Team took a measured step to execute a small, reinsurance placement in September 2016 to identify and resolve any barriers or issues in advance of a larger implementation.  In early January, FEMA plans to implement a larger reinsurance program at the federal level. 

On December 1, 2016, FEMA published a notice of its intended reinsurance procurement for the NFIP. The official notice can be found here. This notice includes all the procurement, contact information, and details on how to submit a request for participation.

For more information about the Reinsurance Program visit https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-2016-reinsurance-initiative.

 

Seeking Comments on Draft Disaster Resilience Indicators Concept

December 8, 2016

The deadline to submit inputs and feedback to the Mitigation Federal Leadership Group (MitFLG) Disaster Resilience Indicators Subcommittee’s “Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures” is December 15, 2016. Stakeholders can submit comments and feedback to FEMA-CommunityResilience@fema.dhs.gov.

The document is the result of a year-long effort to identify potential indicators of community resilience capacity building that align with the Mitigation and Recovery Core Capabilities under the National Preparedness Goal. Learn more details about this initiative through FEMA and NOAA partnership here.

 

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program Rules Signed

December 8, 2016

Over the past two years, EPA has focused on setting up the administrative structure necessary to launch the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.  This week, Administrator McCarthy signed two rules to establish the administrative structure necessary to offer credit assistance under the WIFIA program.  Yesterday, she spoke about the challenges and opportunities in providing clean and reliable water, and how WIFIA supports this effort, at the 2016 Water Summit.  In case you missed it, the video is posted on Facebook.

The interim final WIFIA Implementation Rule outlines the WIFIA program’s administrative framework, including the eligibility requirements, application process, project priorities and federal requirements for borrowers. It also explains the criteria EPA will use to select among project applicants, as well as EPA’s key priorities in this program, including adaptation to extreme weather and climate change, enhanced energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and repair rehabilitation, and replacement of aging infrastructure and conveyance systems. 

In the proposed Fee Rule, EPA proposes fees to reimburse the agency for the cost of retaining the expert firms, including financial, engineering, and legal advisory services, needed to administer the program effectively. Congress provided for these fees when it enacted WIFIA, and this rule will ensure the program can be run sustainably. 

Both rules will be published in the in the Federal Register on Regulations.gov (in Docket Nos.  EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0568 and EPA-HQ-OW-2016-0569) by the end of December 2016.  We invite the public to comment on them. 

 

EPA’s National Lakes Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes

December 8, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus.  Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation.  The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern.  Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of lakes.  

“America’s lakes and reservoirs provide many environmental and public health benefits; we use lakes for drinking water, energy, food and recreation, and our fish, birds, and wildlife depend on lakes for habitat,” said Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at EPA.  “The National Lakes Assessment provides us with valuable information to help protect and restore our lakes across the country.”

The assessment is part of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys designed to provide information about the condition of water resources in the U.S.  The surveys are conducted in partnership with states and tribes to provide national-scale assessments of the nation’s waters.  An earlier National Lakes Assessment was conducted in 2007, but this latest study is expanded to include smaller lakes and increase the number of lakes assessed.  Lake managers can use the new interactive dashboard to evaluate site-specific information and to explore population-level results.  Conducted on a five-year basis, future lake surveys will help water resource managers assess broad-scale differences in the data and perform trends analysis. 

Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread and costly environmental and public health challenges.  EPA is working on many fronts to reduce the severity, extent, and impacts of nutrient pollution in our nation’s lakes and other waters.  These efforts involve overseeing regulatory programs, conducting outreach and engaging partners, providing technical and programmatic support to states, financing nutrient reduction activities, and conducting research and development.  In September, EPA called upon states and stakeholders to intensify their efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in collaboration with EPA.    

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nla.

 

Training:  Applications Open for Integrated Emergency Management Courses

December 8, 2016

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) conducts Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC) throughout the year and across the country. The four-and-a-half day training course is designed specifically for communities, providing both lecture and exercise-based training focused on response operations for a disaster or emergency that could happen in their area.

IEMC courses simulate realistic crisis situations that emergency operations center personnel and community leadership/elected officials may encounter during disasters or other events. Also, the course enhances the skills of participating officials and provides a forum to evaluate the effectiveness of their specific emergency policies, plans, and procedures to protect life and property. The course’s target audience includes:  state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government personnel; their SLTT elected and appointed officials; supervisory, operations, and emergency support personnel; nonprofit organizations; the private sector; law enforcement personnel; firefighters; attorneys; public information officers; planners; and more.

IEMC classes are principally delivered at FEMA’s EMI at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland; however, delivery may also occur in the community. If your jurisdiction is interested in applying for the program and obtaining information on the application process and its timeline, please visit http://training.fema.gov/iemc/. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Questions should be directed to FEMA-EMI-IEMB@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Webinar: Methods of Communication in Disasters— Preparing to Receive, Provide and Act on Critical Information in Times of Crisis

December 1, 2016

FEMA’s DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Representatives from FEMA will be joined by faith and community leaders to highlight various methods that governments and communities can use to communicate with one another and the broader community in disasters. This webinar will also feature preparedness activities and resources to effectively receive, provide and act upon critical information.

Please click the following hyperlink to register for the webinar: Methods of Communication in Disasters—Preparing to Receive, Provide and Act on Critical Information in Times of Crisis

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Featured Speakers:                                 

  • Antwane Johnson, Director, FEMA Integrated Public Alert & Warning System
  • Martin Pittinger, FEMA Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Kaylynn Beck, FEMA External Affairs
  • Chaplain Yisrael Bursztyn, New Jersey Chaplains Association
  • Alicia Hamilton, PACRED and The Revelation Network
  • William Patterson, Los Angeles Amateur Radio Club
  • Moderator: Jannah Scott, DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships

How to Join the Webinar:

 

FEMA Issues Latest Update to Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Standards

November 28, 2016

FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) updated the Guidance and Standards that it uses in its flood mapping and risk analysis efforts. There are six revised standards, three new standards, and one rescinded standard in this maintenance cycle in addition to a number of updated guidance and technical reference documents.

Several of these updates to Risk MAP guidance and technical references begin implementing recommendations from the Technical Mapping Advisory Council’s (TMAC) 2015 recommendations. TMAC related updates include requirements for reporting the accuracy of elevation data used, guidance on selecting engineering models, and procedures for reviewing new statistical models for use. FIMA also enhanced the standards and guidance development process and updated the policy to address the TMAC recommendation to consider the cost of implementation for new requirements and address the costs consistently.

The updated standards address requirements for emergency operation plans for levee accreditation, clarify requirements for incorporating Letters Of Map Revisions into map updates, update requirements for processing Physical Map Revisions (PMRs) update Notice to Users (NTU) requirements, update requirements for flood risk product automation, update distribution requirements for Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Reports, and formalize several standards for removal of the special flood hazard area designation by letter consistent with current practice.

FIMA conducted a public review of the draft standards earlier this year. FIMA regularly updates these guidance and technical reference documents to ensure ongoing improvements in its flood mapping and risk analysis efforts. The actual standards and related guidance are available at www.fema.gov/guidelines-and-standards-flood-risk-analysis-and-mapping.

 

EPA Approves of Kentucky’s 303(d) List of Surface Water

November 22, 2016

On Dec. 4, 2015, the KDOW submitted the 2014 Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Volume II of the 2014 Integrated Report to Congress, 303(d) List of Surface Waters, requires approval from the E.P.A. The Division is pleased to announce on October 13, 2016, the E.P.A approved Kentucky’s 2014 Section 303(d) list.

The 2014 Integrated Report to Congress on the Condition of Water Resources in Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II is located on the Division’s website water.ky.gov.

 

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Webinar

November 21, 2016

Please join the next Planning Information Exchange, “Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas”, scheduled for December 2, 2016, at 1pm Eastern Time.  

This webinar will highlight the NEW Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 584), available in the FEMA Library at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/126942. FEMA’s Risk Management Directorate (RMD) funded a joint effort with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to help communities improve their resiliency and provides how-to guidance on the design for new development and growth with a forward-looking mindset that reduces or eliminates the risk of flooding.

The Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas report lays the foundation for mitigation through subdivision design and provides case studies, design standards and implementing guidance around managing development in flood hazard areas.  In addition, Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas builds off of the 2010 FEMA-APA report Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices (PAS 560), and promotes integration of various planning tools and processes to create a more comprehensive approach to flood risk management through subdivision design. 

This webinar is free, but registration is required. To register as well as for more information on this and past webinars, visit: https://www.planning.org/nationalcenters/hazards/planninginformationexchange/.

 

Apply for Urban Waters Restoration Grants

November 10, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced a request for proposals  through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program, funded in part by EPA. This public-private partnership seeks to develop community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife.

Priority will be given to projects that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with minority or low-income populations. Applications are due January 31, 2017.

 

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Accepting Applications

November 10, 2016

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. EPA awards grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities and to identify ways to address environmental and public health concerns at the local level.   View a list of the 2015 award recipients with project descriptions.

Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each nationwide. Applications are due January 31, 2017.

 

Level I Drought Declaration Issued for Most of State

November 10, 2016

Frankfort, KY– The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky.

A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health.  Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse impacts to agricultural water needs and public water supplies are likely if drought conditions persist.

The public should be aware that drought conditions do exist and if conditions continue they may be asked by their water system to conserve water.  Local community water systems, especially those with drought vulnerable sources, should re-familiarize themselves with their water shortage response plans and local officials should meet to discuss how they will proceed if they do need to ask citizens to conserve water.  Also, water systems should contact the Division of Water immediately if at any time they feel their water supply is getting low. 

Kentucky has had only 40 to 75% of the normal precipitation over the past 90 days, with the driest conditions occurring in eastern and southern Kentucky.  However, western parts of the state have been the driest over the past 30 days, with some locations receiving less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation during that time.  Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties have not been included in the drought declaration as those counties have received three to five inches of precipitation over the past 30 days.

Widespread dryness and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused a rash of wildfires that have consumed more than 29,000 acres in the eastern half of the state, as well as a few fires in the west. Six Blackhawk helicopters from the Kentucky National Guard have dropped 306,000 gallons of water on the fires, but new fires have started daily. As of Wednesday, there were 27 fires being managed or monitored. More than 60 counties have issued burn bans as a result of the wildfire activity and drought conditions.

Drought has already had an effect on agriculture operations. Cattle producers have already begun to feed hay, as pastures have suffered due to the lack of rain. Because the spring and summer seasons were wet, hay is neither plentiful or of particularly good quality, putting additional pressure on herds.  Further, crops like winter cover wheat are struggling to get out of the ground or to germinate due to the dry conditions, putting producers at risk for soil erosion over the winter months. Stock ponds are significantly lower than typical for this time of year, which could result in these ponds freezing during the colder winter months.

Statewide, public water supplies are not seriously affected at this point but persistent drought conditions will increase the risk of water shortage conditions, especially for those systems relying on small lakes, small headwater streams and wells located in localized fracture-flow aquifers. 

Low water levels in lakes can also lead to deteriorating water quality issues that could make the water difficult to treat. All water systems relying on small lakes, localized aquifers and lesser streams should begin to monitor their water sources on a routine basis and consult their local water shortage response plans for guidance on dealing with potential water shortages. 

Short-term forecasts show continued dryness for most of the state. No significant rain is expected for the next week, and widespread light shower activity on Nov. 8 did little to alleviate the situation.  The KDOW will continue to monitor all of the state’s water systems and their sources of supply and notify the public of any changes that may lead to water shortages.

More information:  about drought declaration criteria can be found in the Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan at http://water.ky.gov/wa/Documents/State%20Plan_Final.pdf.  

 

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Kentucky Wildfires

November 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Kentucky to fight the Southeastern Kentucky Fire Complex burning in Harlan, Knox, Letcher, and Pike counties.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

The commonwealth requested a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG), and it was granted in the afternoon of November 20, 2016. At the time of the request the fire had burned more than 27,450 acres of state and private land. The fire was threatening more than 1,700 homes in the counties that were requested.

Federal fire management assistance is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to fund firefighting activities when there is a fire threat that could cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid must first meet a minimum threshold for costs before assistance is provided.

 

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Kentucky Wildfires

November 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Kentucky to fight the Eagles Nest Fire in Breathitt County.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

“FEMA has approved these funds to make sure that Kentucky has the resources to fight this fire and protect lives, structures and property,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech. “These federal dollars will help commonwealth responders continue the hard work to combat the fire.”

The state requested a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG), and it was granted shortly afterwards, on November 8, 2016, at 11:32 PM EST. The fire started on November 2, 2016, and had burned in excess of 2,000 acres of commonwealth and private land. Across the commonwealth, fires had burned more than 24,000 acres. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 1,100 homes in and around the City of Jackson, population 2,170.  

Federal fire management assistance is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and made available by FEMA to fight fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible state firefighting costs covered by the aid must first meet a minimum threshold for costs before assistance is provided.

 

Gov. Bevin Declares State of Emergency Due to Wildfires

November 3, 2016 

Frankfort, KY – Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning across the eastern part of the state.  The declaration reads in part: WHEREAS, beginning October 27, 2016, and continuing, drought conditions intensified across the entire Commonwealth, resulting in increased threats of wildfires. Wildfires are now active across the Commonwealth with numerous uncontrolled wildfires in eastern Kentucky.

Long range weather forecasts predict a statewide potential for additional fires with threats of major impacts to health and safety of citizens, infrastructure, governmental properties, local economies, and private properties.

Link to the entire State of Emergency Report.

 

HMGP UPDATES

Link to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch website for detailed information.  http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.aspx.

 

Using HMGP to Enhance Disaster Resilience Related to Building Codes

August 23, 2016

The Additional 5 % Initiative is funding that has been set aside under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (HMGP) to help communities enhance disaster resilience related to building codes, such as adopting the current International Building Code® and improving a community’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) score.  A building is considered disaster resistant when it not only protects its occupants but can also be quickly repaired and re-occupied because damage from natural disasters is minimized.

Fact Sheets:  

  • Additional 5 percent Initiative Fact Sheet provides Recipients and subrecipients of HMGP funds with additional information on how to implement the Additional 5 percent Initiative as changed by the Fiscal Year 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. FEMA’s intention in supporting the adoption and enforcement of building codes is to promote resilience by using disaster-resistant practices.
  • Clarifying the Additional 5 percent Initiative Resources is a companion document to the Fact Sheet highlighting where to find more information on resilient building practices.

Link to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch website for detailed information.  http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.aspx.

 

FIMA Releases Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities Job Aids

August 15, 2016

The purpose of these job aids are to help communities applying for CRMA activities under Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants comply with the technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation requirements of the application.  The job aids provide a checklist of information required by FEMA to determine grant eligibility and to complete a thorough review of the application.  The available job aids include:

The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are available for HMPG funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after September 30, 2015, and for competitive PDM and FMA funding for which the application period opened on or after September 30, 2015.

If you have any questions or comments on the CRMA Job Aids, please contact the HMA Grants Policy staff at fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Algal Blooms

August 2016

Algal toxins are a growing problem in the US.  Harmful algal blooms (HABs) produce algal toxins that can cause fish kills and contaminate drinking water supplies.  EPA has released a comprehensive strategic plan outlining actions to address algal toxins in drinking water.  Solving this complex challenge to our drinking water will require action at all levels of government and approaches that are collaborative, innovative, and persistent.

The KDOW continues to monitor Kentucky’s waters for Harmful Algal Blooms

 

FIMA Announces Availability of Benefit Cost Analysis Tools for Drought and Ecosystem Services

June 10, 2016

FEMA has developed Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Tools and Guidance to calculate benefits for climate resilient mitigation activities, including drought mitigation, ecosystem services, and pre-calculated benefits for cost-effectiveness evaluation of soil stabilization, flood diversion, and reforestation projects in wildfire impacted areas to support expedient implementation of post-wildfire mitigation actions. The tools and guidance include:

  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery BCA Calculator Tool
  • Ecosystem Service Benefits Calculator
  • Supplemental BCA Guidance for Floodwater Diversion and Storage Projects
  • Supplemental BCA Guidance for Floodplain and Stream Restoration Projects
  • Pre-calculated benefits for post-wildfire mitigation actions

If you require the Microsoft Excel version of either of the calculator tools, or if you have any questions on details of the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA), visit the BCA website, contact the BCA Helpline at 1-855-540-6744 or bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov.  These additional BCA Tools are available for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) for which the application period is open on or after the date of the May 12, 2016.  Please note that not all mitigation activities are eligible under all three programs.  For example, wildfire mitigation is eligible under HMGP and PDM, but not FMA.

The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are available for HMPG funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after September 30, 2015, and for competitive PDM and FMA funding for which the application period opened on or after September 30, 2015.

 

NFIP Announces Oct. 1, 2016 Program Changes

May 10, 2016

FEMA releases Oct. 1 2016 program changes.  Go to http://www.nfipiservice.com/Stakeholder/FEMA8/W-16032.html to view the cover memo and four attachments, including:

  • Attachment A – Transaction Record Reporting and Processing Plan Revisions
  • Attachment B – Edit Specifications Revisions
  • Attachment C –Updated Preferred Risk Policy and Newly Mapped Application Form
  • Attachment D –Sample Form for No Mandatory Purchase Requirement

 

FEMA Issues an Addendum to HFIAA Program Changes: Clear Communication of Risk

Bulletin-16021: Addendum 4 to April 1, 2016, Program Changes – Revised Underwriting Procedures for HFIAA Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk

March 30, 2016

Bulletin W-15046 described the initial implementation of Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk, of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.  Section 28 requires FEMA to clearly communicate full flood risk determinations to individual property owners regardless of whether their premium rates are full-risk rates.  Ensuring clear and accurate communication of flood risk requires correct underwriting information.  This bulletin describes how FEMA will rate policies using correct information.  The full bulletin includes specific procedures for insurers to follow as part of this effort.

FEMA initially proposed that NFIP insurers report current flood zone and current Flood Insurance Rate Map information, including Base Flood Elevation, if applicable, for all new business policies effective on or after April 1, 2016, and for all renewals effective on or after Oct. 1, 2016.  After further consultation with NFIP insurers, and out of concerns for our customers, FEMA determined that a phased approach would best implement these requirements.

Read the full bulletin here.

 

2016 Uniform Relocation Act (URA) Low Income Limits Issued

Effective Date – March 28, 2016

The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act or URA) – FY 2016 Low Income Limits, used in connection with rental assistance payment calculations under 49 CFR 24.402(b), have been issued with an effective date of March 28, 2016.

Additional information and guidance for making URA low income calculations are available on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) web page.

 

Training Opportunities

Links on KAMM’s Website

 

Kentucky Business One Stop

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Kentucky’s businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Kentucky.  The mission of the Kentucky Business One Stop is to promote economic development and job creation, and at the same time create efficiencies for both businesses and government.

Environmental Licenses/Permits:  You may be required by state and federal law or regulation to have an environmental permit to operate in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is a great resource for identifying which environmental permits are required:  http://onestop.ky.gov/start/Pages/environmental.aspx.

 

New Mitigation Publications – 2016

For more mitigation resources and other publications, go to KAMM’s Mitigation Resources page.

Follow the links ….

Unified Federal Review Process Newsletter Dec 2015  The UFR Newsletter serves as outreach to multiple federal, tribal, state and local stakeholders as a way to showcase UFR Process efforts aimed at supporting communities affected by disaster. The newsletter allows agencies to stay involved with efforts to further develop a UFR Process across the nation.

Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management. December 2015. This EPA modeling study estimates the flood loss avoidance benefits from application of small storm retention practices for new development and redevelopment nationwide. Twenty HUC8 watersheds were modeled in areas where significant growth is expected between 2020 and 2040, using the FEMA Hazus model and national-scale datasets. The area of the watersheds ranges between 500 and 3,000 square miles. The study was conducted in consultation with other federal agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers,  NOAA, and FEMA.

The approach was vetted by a panel of experts from government, academia, and industry. The results show that, over time, the use of green stormwater infrastructure can save hundreds of millions of dollars in flood losses, while just applying the practices to new development and redevelopment only. If retrofitting were to occur, the avoided losses would be even more significant. Download the document: Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management.

Flood Resilience Guide to protect utilities.  Introducing EPA’s tool, Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities, which was designed for small and medium drinking water and utilities and includes interactive worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps. With a user-friendly layout, embedded videos, and flood maps to guide you, EPA’s Flood Resilience Guide is your one-stop resource to protect your critical assets.

USGS publishes “Identifying and preserving high-water mark data: techniques and methods 3-A24”  March 18, 2016.  The report serves as a field guide for identifying high-water marks and presents guidance and proper techniques for preserving, evaluating, and recording the data collected for use in surface-water modelling, flood documentation and much more.

FEMA Releases Damage Assessment Operating Manual March 31, 2016, FEMA released the FEMA Damage Assessment Operating Manual. The manual establishes national damage assessment standards developed from lessons learned and best practices already in use and is intended to increase the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of damage assessments by empowering emergency management at all levels with clear information and defined roles and responsibilities.  The standards put forth in the manual will be the national standard utilized by states and tribes conducting damage assessments after disasters.

Handy Guide to NFIP Changes

Handy Guide to NFIP Changes that Took Effect on April 1, 2016. Download “Making Sense of NFIP Regulatory Changes.” A great e-book – a readable and understandable publication.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide.  May 2016.  The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guidance is a tool for Applicants, Subapplicants and FEMA to assist with understanding match requirements for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants. The Guide encourages early coordination for cost share strategies and provides helpful examples for various approaches such as donated resources for the non-Federal cost share.  Download the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide.

Incorporating Environmental Justice into Regulatory Efforts. EPA recently issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis. This guidance represents a significant step towards ensuring the impacts of EPA regulations on vulnerable populations are understood and considered in the decision-making process.  The EJ Technical Guidance improves our ability to perform some of the most important work we do. Better integrating environmental justice in EPA’s core regulatory function is essential to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or income level, have access to clean water, clean air, and healthy communities.

2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures.  The 2015 NEHRP Provisions marks the ninth edition of this knowledge-based technical resource document since its first publication in 1985. The FEMA P-1050 DVD is a collection of technical resources bearing on the two-volume 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, which is developed for improving the current US seismic design standards and codes. The DVD not only includes the 2015 NEHRP Provisions, but also additional code-related resources derived from the new edition of the 2015NEHRP Provisions:  updated seismic design maps proposed for the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures and the 2018 International Building Code (IBC); revised seismic design category maps proposed for the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC); issues and research needs recommended by the 2015 Provisions Update Committee (PUC); presentations of NEHRP Provisions topics from the 2015  Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Colloquium; and, a description of the USGS web tools for obtaining seismic design spectral values.  The new changes in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions have incorporated extensive results and findings from recent research projects, problem-focused studies, and post-earthquake investigation reports conducted by various professional organizations, research institutes, universities, material industries and the NEHRP agencies. For the convenience of users, a list of the changes with their corresponding code language and commentary section numbers in the document is provided in the introduction of the Provisions. Most of the changes in Part I of the Provisions have been adopted in ASCE/SEI 7-16 with further modifications.

To order FEMA P-1050 DVD contact the FEMA Distribution Center:  E-mail: FEMA-Publications-Warehouse@dhs.gov; Phone: 1-800-480-2520; Fax: (240) 699-0525

New EPA Web Portal Helps Communities Prepare for Climate Change.  October 2016.  The EPA launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation’s 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides users with information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the particular issues of concern to them.

Recent statistics from the Office of Management and Budget show the federal government has incurred more than $357 billion in direct costs due to extreme weather and fire alone over the last 10 years. Climate change is also expected to pose significant financial and infrastructural challenges to communities in coming decades. EPA designed ARC-X to help all local government official address these challenges – from those with extensive experience and expertise dealing with the impacts of climate change, to those working in underserved communities who are just beginning to meet those challenges.

Building on climate adaptation training for local governments EPA launched last year, ARC-X provides another important resource for building climate resiliency.  The system guides users through all steps of an adaptation process, providing information on the implications of climate change for particular regions and issues of concern; adaptation strategies that can be implemented to address the risks posed by climate change; case studies that illustrate how other communities with similar concerns have already successfully adapted, along with instructions on how to replicate their efforts; potential EPA tools to help implement the adaptation strategies; and sources of funding and technical assistance from EPA and other federal agencies. To access ARC-X: www.epa.gov/ARC-X.  For climate adaptation training: www.epa.gov/communityhealth/local-government-climate-adaptation-training

Stormwater Planning: Community Solutions for Voluntary Long-Term Stormwater Planning.  October 27, 2016.  EPA announced a draft guide, toolkit, and technical assistance to promote comprehensive, community-wide planning approaches to manage stormwater. EPA considers this guide a draft that will be supplemented with an integrated online tool to assist communities in implementing the planning process, piloted through community-based technical assistance efforts, and updated over time with feedback from users.

The draft guide, Community Solutions for Stormwater Management: A Guide for Voluntary Long-Term Planning, is designed to assist states and local governments in developing and implementing effective long-term stormwater plans.  The document describes how to develop a comprehensive long-term community stormwater plan that integrates stormwater management with communities’ broader plans for economic development, infrastructure investment and environmental compliance. Through this approach, communities can prioritize actions related to stormwater management as part of capital improvement plans, integrated plans, master plans or other planning efforts.  Early and effective stormwater planning and management by communities as they develop will provide significant long-term cost savings while supporting resilience, economic growth and quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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