Emergency Management Committee

 

Emergency Management Committee

Contact us at help@kymitigation.org.  

To join the committee or for information, please contact Co-Committee Leaders Jason York or Bobby Carpenter.

 

Committee Mission Statement

The Emergency Management Committee will assist both Emergency Management and Floodplain Management to better utilize the synergy that exists with their positions.  This committee will strive to develop programs that will identify those areas which Emergency Management and Floodplain can best benefit from partnerships on common projects and goals for the safety of their citizens.


2018/2019 Committee Goals

  1. To develop written guidance (via a crosswalk and/or set of SOPs) that illustrates and explains the possible or assumed and expected integrations of practiced Emergency Management and Floodplain Management.
  2. Continue to develop trainings and exercises relevant to the daily responsibilities of emergency managers.
  3. To partner KAMM with professional associations and other groups whose efforts involves emergency management.
  4. Develop emergency management-specific uniform Community Rating System (CRS) activities.

Emergency Management Newsletters


Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 Transforms Field of Emergency Management

October 5, 2018

President Donald J. Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.  As the 2017 hurricane season and California wildfires demonstrated, impacts from a disaster can be devastating.  With the economic disruption and the cost of disasters on the rise nationwide, FEMA worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs.

These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event.  Highlights from the DRRA include:

  • Greater investment in mitigation, before a disaster: Authorizing the National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from disaster expenses.
  • Reducing risk from future disasters after fire: Providing hazard mitigation grant funding in areas that received Fire Management Assistance Grants as a result of wildfire.  Adding 14 new mitigation project types associated with wildfires and windstorms.
  • Increasing state capacity to manage disaster recovery: Allowing for higher rates of reimbursement to state, local, tribal and territorial partners for their administrative costs when implementing public assistance and hazard mitigation projects.  Additionally, the legislation provides flexibility for states and tribes to administer their own post-disaster housing missions, while encouraging the development of disaster housing strategies.
  • Providing greater flexibility to survivors with disabilities: Increasing the amount of assistance available to individuals and households affected by disasters, including allowing accessibility repairs for people with disabilities, without counting those repairs against their maximum disaster assistance grant award.
  • Retaining skilled response and recovery personnel: Authorizing FEMA to appoint certain types of temporary employees who have been with the agency for three continuous years to full time positions in the same manner as federal employees with competitive status.  This allows the agency to retain and promote talented, experienced emergency managers.

The full text of the bill can be found at www.congress.gov.

 

 

 

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