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Join KAMM for 2014

2014 KAMM membership dues are ready to be received.  Membership is $25 and based on a calendar year.  Click the link relevant to your payment method, Pay by Check or Pay by PayPal.  To learn more about KAMM, click the Join KAMM tab.  Become a member and receive a conference discount!


It is KAMM’s 10th year anniversary!  Thanks for the celebration.   


KAMM Annual 2014 Conference

Mitigation Matters

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

September 9 – 11 – 2014 

More Information:  Link to the 2014 Conference page for Presentations, Photos, Online survey, more Conference Information, and the Announcement of the 2014 Mitigation and Floodplain Manager of the Year Awards.


KAMM Announces 3 New Regional Representatives

KAMM welcomes Geni Jo Brawner and John Ward to a two-year term for their regions.  Lori Rafferty will fill the vacant representative role for one year.  Link to the About KAMM page to learn more.


2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

Link to the new information released by FEMA April 2, 2014 about the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

HFIAA 2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

For More information, link here.


Governor Beshear signs Executive Order

July 30, 2014

Governor Beshear signed an Executive Order establishing the Council for  Community Recovery and Resiliency (CCRR).  This group will provide the necessary support, leadership and guidance to Kentucky communities that are drastically impacted in the event of a natural disaster.   Click Executive Order CCRR 7 30 14 to read more.


Save the Date

The 2014 Governor’s Emergency Management Workshop [2014 GEMW]

Tuesday, October 28 – 1:00 pm – Wednesday, October 294:00 pm EST.

Link here to GEMW 2014 SAVE THE DATE Back to the Basics The Road Forward.


Warren Campbell, WKU, has BIG News!

We have arrived at a watershed moment for floodplain management.   Warren is heading up a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Floodplain Management at Western Kentucky University. The course will be available for students this Fall semester. It features required courses in hydrology, surveying, floodplain management, a field experience course, GIS, political science, journalism, geography, and geology and will be the first U.S. 4-year degree in floodplain management.

Prior to 1982 there were no U.S. degree programs in Emergency Management and Planning. The first was created in 1982 and today there are more than 200 Associates, Bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs available in EM&P. We hope that floodplain management follows this same pattern.  We feel these programs are filling a critical need since a recent study predicts that flood losses world-wide will reach $1T annually by 2050.


Now Available! Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts: Wind, Flood, and Earthquake Training Videos

June 2014

FEMA is pleased to announce that the Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts: Wind, Flood, and Earthquake Training Videos (FEMA P-940CD) is now available from the FEMA Publications Warehouse.

Educating disaster workforces and the people who live in at-risk communities about natural hazards and the ways to mitigate risk is an important part of the FEMA mission. The new FEMA P-940CD presents three videos based on webinars abridged from the FEMA 4-day training course E312, Fundamentals of Building Science—Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts. Each video explains the hazard (earthquake, wind, and flood) and the hazard-related damage, and provides users with common sense tools to assist with specific mitigation work.

Training tools such as FEMA P-940CD support the FEMA mission and the mission of FEMA disaster-specific programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Under NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for developing effective earthquake risk reduction tools and promoting their implementation, as well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. The earthquake video in FEMA P-940CD begins with a brief introduction illustrated by a recent earthquake event. The video then discusses the hazards that can arise from seismic events, the types of earthquake damage commonly seen in the building environment, and seismic design basics. The video also discusses how buildings resist earthquakes and the seismic design process for new and existing construction.

The target audiences for FEMA P-940CD are the FEMA disaster workforce, State and local community disaster mitigation, response, and recovery professionals, and people living in areas with a high risk of earthquake, flood, or wind.

To order your copy of FEMA P-940CD from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form.


FEMA Releases Benefit Cost Analysis Toolkit Version 5.0

April 2014

FEMA released the Benefit-Cost Analysis Toolkit Version 5.0 which is now available at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92923. This toolkit can be used to determine the cost-effectiveness for projects under development for any of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.  As of April 4, 2014, version 4.8 and version 5.0 are the only allowable versions of the BCA Tool.  Benefit-Cost Analysisis a quantitative procedure that assesses the cost-effectiveness of a hazard mitigation measure by taking a long-term view of avoided future damages as compared to the cost of a project. Applications submitted under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs must use a FEMA-approved Benefit Cost Analysis methodology to demonstrate cost-effectiveness. Cost-effectiveness is typically demonstrated by the calculation of a Benefit Cost Ratio. Projects for which the discounted value of future benefits exceeds the current costs are generally considered cost-effective. Benefits may include avoided damages, loss of function, and displacement.

This toolkit contains a number of new features including the calculation of environmental, social and non-traditional benefits such as volunteer costs, street maintenance costs and National Flood Insurance Program administration and claim costs. FEMA has also updated the life safety values and the methodology for calculating residential displacement costs.  If you have any questions regarding the usage of the tool, please contact the benefit cost helpline at bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov or 1-855-540-6744.


EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands

March, 2014

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs and the proposed rule does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.

Learn more about the proposed rule and how to comment when the rule is available in the Federal Register herehttp://go.usa.gov/Ksyk

Read the op-ed “Clearer Protections for Clean Water” by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the proposed rule herehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-mccarthy/clearer-protections-for-c_b_5029328.html


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