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.