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KAMM 2015 Annual Conference Recap 

Mission: Mitigation  August 24 – 27, 2015.  Link to the 2015 Conference page for photos, presentations and awards!


Revised Guidelines for Executive Order 11988 Floodplain Management & the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

October 12, 2015

On October 8, 2015, the Water Resources Council approved revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.

Fact Sheets:  FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have produced fact sheets in response to several frequently asked questions regarding the intended scope of the President’s FFRMS and the anticipated impacts to many of the programs of these agencies.

Background:  Between 1980 and 2013, the United States suffered more than $260 billion in flood-related damages. 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. Flooding accounts for approximately 85 percent of all disaster declarations. With climate change, we anticipate that flooding risks will increase over time. In fact, the National Climate Assessment (May 2014) projects that extreme weather events, such as severe flooding, will persist throughout the 21st century. That damage can be particularly severe to our infrastructure, including our buildings, roads, ports, industrial facilities and even our coastal military installations.

To improve the nation’s resilience to flooding and better prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change, the President’s Climate Action Plan directs federal agencies to take the appropriate actions to reduce flood risk to federal investments. To further the Climate Action Plan, the President released Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, which amended EO 11988, Floodplain Management, issued in 1977. The new federal flood risk standard requires all future federal investments in and affecting floodplains to meet the level of resilience as established by the standard. For example, this includes where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged.

Consistent with the President’s direction, FEMA, as Chair of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, published for public comment in the Federal Register draft guidelines to provide guidance to agencies on the implementation of EOs 13690 and 11988 (80 FR 6530, Feb. 5, 2015). After an extension, the public comment period lasted 90 days, during which FEMA and other members of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group held eight in-person public listening sessions across the country and one public webinar, to ensure input from stakeholders and the public.  More Information:  Please visit the Federal Flood Risk Management page.


Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Algal Blooms

November 2015
2015 brought a summer of green water, with many areas of the nation seeing a record year for the growth of HABs.

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.


$4 Million in Grants Awarded to Research Impact of Drought

November 2015
Climate change, population growth, increased use of water resources, and aging water infrastructure systems pose substantial threats to water quality. These grants are instrumental in supporting the research and other tools necessary to ensure safe water quality and availability for a sustainable future.EPA recently awarded $4 million in grants to four institutions to conduct research in order to combat the negative effects of drought and extreme events on water quality. These grants will help spur innovative strategies to protect water quality and public health in the wake of the increasing demands on our nation’s water resources.


September 2015

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are eligible under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs to support communities in reducing the risks associated with climate change. These activities are: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Green Infrastructure Methods. These activities can mitigate any natural hazard; however, the activities are focused on mitigating the impacts of flood and drought conditions.

Fact Sheets have been developed to provide high-level technical information and requirements for Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.

The Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities are available for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after the date of this memorandum, and for HMA funding for which the application period opens on or after September 30, 2015.  See links to three Fact Sheets relevant to Kentucky.

More Information:  visit the Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance page.


Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide) Release

FEMA, in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Council on Environmental Quality, are pleased to announce the release of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide). The issuance of this Applicant Guide is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Review (UFR) Process, established in July 2014 through an interagency Memorandum of Understanding.

The UFR Process provides federal agencies with opportunities to expedite environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews through enhanced coordination for all presidentially declared disasters. The Applicant Guide will assist Applicants, (i.e. state and local agencies, Indian tribes, small business owners, individuals) in complying with EHP requirements when multiple agencies may be involved in funding or permitting a disaster recovery project. It also outlines the type of information Applicants should submit to federal agencies to assist in expediting the EHP review.

More Information: To learn more about the UFR Process and to access the Applicant Guide, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage https://www.fema.gov/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review-presidentially-declared-disasters.  Learn more and download documents on FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98911.


Amendments Made to Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)

October 2015

FEMA amended several important indicators for the Public Assistance (PA) and Individual Assistance (IA) program for fiscal year (FY) 2016.  Under the IA program the maximum grant award was amended to $33,000 (+$100).  Under the PA program, the statewide per capita indicator remains at $1.41 and the countywide per capita indicator was amended to $3.57 (+$0.01).  The minimum amount to process a Project Worksheet was amended to $3,050 (+$10.00), and the maximum dollar amount for a project to be considered a small project was amended to $121,800 (+$200).  Projects over $121,800 will be processed as a large project.  These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after October 1, 2015.


Green Infrastructure Wizard Connects Communities to Resources

October 2015

EPA recently released a new web-based tool, the Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz), to help local officials and community members find tools and resources more easily. GIWiz offers quick, direct access to Green Infrastructure tools and resources that can support and promote water management and community planning decisions. Users can produce customized reports that include links to the resources they want to use.  Click to Use the Wizard to search for resources for your community.


New Mitigation Publications – 2015

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

Reducing Flood Risk to Residential Buildings That Cannot Be Elevated September 2015.  This publication presents a range of flood protection measures available as alternatives to traditional structural elevation for homeowners whose residences meet both of the following conditions:

  1. The residences are existing buildings. This publication is not intended to address construction of new buildings in floodprone areas as these structures should be sufficiently elevated and built in conformance with NFIP and local floodplain management regulations.
  2. The residences are not Substantially Damaged or Substantially Improved, meaning that the buildings have not sustained damage or undergone improvement (i.e., reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition) where the cost of the damage or improvement exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building before the damage occurred or improvement began. As with new construction, Substantially Damaged or Substantially Improved structures must be re-built in conformance with NFIP and local floodplain management regulations.

Link to the publication Reducing Flood Risk to Residential Buildings That Cannot Be Elevated.

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.

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 NFIP.  Link here Non-Engineered Opening Guide.

Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards  January 2015  The Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) handbook can be used by trained personnel to identify, inventory, and screen buildings that are potentially seismically vulnerable. The 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 RVS 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.
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: Supporting Documentation. Third Edition (FEMA P-155).  The third edition of the Supporting Documentation (FEMA P-155) describes the technical background and process used to update the Handbook and the revisions considered and conclusions reached. Extensive detail is also provided in FEMA P-155 on the third edition scoring and associated risk.

NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures 2015.  The 2015 NEHRP Provisions marks the ninth edition of this technical resource document since its first publication in 1985.  FEMA is proud to sponsor this cycle of the NEHRP Provisions update, and to publish the new edition for use by national codes and standards organizations and the general public.  The 2015 NEHRP Provisions are a new knowledge-based resource document intended to translate research results into engineering design practice. 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. Similar to the previous ediCover photo for the document: NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. 2015 Editiontion, the 2015 NEHRP Provisions have adopted by reference the American Structural Engineers Association (ASCE) / Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) standard ASCE/SEI 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for New Buildings and Other Structures as the baseline.

Order the new Provisions for free by calling the FEMA publication warehouse number 1-800-480-2520. For more information and to download the two volume NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures 2015 Edition please visit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/107646.

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.


New Disaster Declarations Data Visualization Available

June 2015

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).

The data visualization tool is available at www.fema.gov/data-visualization. To explore the data, visit OpenFEMA at www.fema.gov/data-feeds.




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