FEMA Grant Job Aids & Fact Sheets

Fact sheets and job aids

Multiple tools have been developed to assist with the development of activities, to include fact sheets and job aids to help development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) applications. These activities are available for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding resulting from a major disaster declared on or after September 30, 2015, and for HMA funding for which the application period opens on or after September 30, 2015.

The purpose of these job aids are to help communities applying for CRMA activities under HMA grants comply with the technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation requirements of the application.  

Link to https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/110202 for more information or review the Job Aids and Fact sheets below.


JOB AIDS

The job aids provide a checklist of information required by FEMA to determine grant eligibility and to complete a thorough review of the application. 

Implementation Job Aid – Wildfire or Windstorm

DRRA Section 1205 Job Aid

December 2019

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1205 addresses the use of assistance to provide funding to help reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, or loss in any area affected by a wildfire or windstorm. Section 1205 lists 14 eligible activities.  These activities can be allowed under eligible projects within the existing HMA program. 

HMA has developed a Job Aid on how these activities can be incorporated in eligible mitigation project applications, and to document that highlights the program guidance sections and efficiencies that support these activities. 

Section 1205 Disaster Recovery Reform Act Implementation Job Aid


FEMA Updates Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Management Cost Frequently Asked Questions

DRRA Section 1215 Job Aid

DRRA Section 1215 expands the definition of management costs (Stafford Act Section 324) to include both direct and indirect administrative expenses by the state, local, tribal or territorial government.  Section 1215 also authorizes management costs under HMGP for up to 15 percent of the total grant award, with up to 10 percent for recipients, and up to 5 percent for subrecipients.

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions webpage is now updated to address questions collected from stakeholders regarding the implementation of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Management Costs (Interim) Policy #104-11-1 (Interim Policy).  These Frequently Asked Questions provide information on general program requirements, eligible management costs activities, application processes and monitoring.  FEMA will continue to update the site as needed to address questions from stakeholders.


Aquifer storage and recovery, flood diversion and storage, and floodplain and stream restoration Job Aids

Aquifer storage and recovery, floodplain and stream restoration, flood diversion and storage, and green infrastructure methods are eligible under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs to support communities in reducing the risks associated with mitigating the impacts of flood and drought conditions

Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).  Additional information is now available to help communities applying for HMA grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects. 

The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a HMA grant application, potential resources, and examples.  Read below.

Aquifer Storage and Recovery Job Aid

August 11, 2016

This Job Aid is a tool to support developing Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) projects by providing a checklist of information to include in an ASR project application to support the technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation evaluation.


Aquifer Storage and Recovery Supplemental

August 11, 2016

This supplemental document is a tool to provide more detailed information on the ASR projects by providing a description of the information needed, potential resources, and examples


Flood Diversion and Storage Job Aid

February 16, 2017

This Job Aid is a tool to support developing Flood Diversion & Storage (FDS) projects by providing a checklist of information to include in an FDS project application to support the technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation evaluation

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Flood Diversion and Storage Supplemental

August 11, 2016

This supplemental document is a tool to provide more detailed information on the FDS projects by providing a description of the information needed, potential resources, and examples. 


Floodplain and Stream Restoration Job Aid

February 16, 2017

This Job Aid is a tool to support developing Floodplain & Stream Restoration (FSR) projects by providing a checklist of information to include in an FSR project application to support the technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation evaluation.


Floodplain and Stream Restoration Supplemental

August 11, 2016

This supplemental document is a tool to provide more detailed information on the FSR projects by providing a description of the information needed, potential resources, and examples. 


FACT SHEETS

Strengthening Medical Lifelines with Hazard Mitigation Fact Sheet

Cover photo for the document: Strengthening Medical Lifelines with Hazard Mitigation

June 16, 2020

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide states, local communities, tribes and territories (SLTTs) with information on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and how hazard mitigation projects can strengthen health care, medical, public health, and other critical facilities with hazard mitigation.  FEMA wants to ensure that these facilities can remain operational if impacted by floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural hazards.  

This fact sheet covers how FEMA can help, who is eligible, what activities are available under HMGP, and where SLTTs can go to get assistance.

Link to:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188669.


DRRA Section 1231 Fact Sheet

October 2019

Through its Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs, FEMA funds the voluntary acquisition of hazard-prone properties from private owners.  Property acquisition is not new for FEMA; however, DRRA Section 1231 contains new requirements for the project notification process and emphasizes a community’s responsibilities regarding acquired land.

The newly released DRRA Section 1231 Fact Sheet outlines these new requirements for state, tribal, territorial and local governments and supplements existing FEMA guidance on property acquisition projects per the DRRA.

FEMA also released a policy clarification on the Eligibility of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Applications with Pre-Award Demolitions.  This policy clarifies that when private individuals have demolished damaged structures using private funds or other non-federal funds prior to application for HMA funding, the properties will now be eligible for inclusion in HMA project applications if the demolition is not connected to the project.  The demolition costs cannot be included in the project application. 


FEMA Implements P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance

DRRA Section 1241a Fact Sheet

November 2019

DRRA section 1241 directs FEMA to develop guidance for building experts to use when they evaluate structures for safety and habitability after a disaster.  In November 2019, FEMA published the FEMA P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance as required by DRRA Section 1241: Post-disaster Building Safety Assessment.  

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The report is on the current state of practice for post-disaster building safety evaluation, including recommendations related to structural and nonstructural safety and habitability. 


Aquifer Storage and Recovery Fact Sheet

May 26, 2016


Flood Diversion and Storage Fact Sheet

February 15, 2017


Floodplain and Stream Restoration Fact Sheet

February 15, 2017


Green Infrastructure Methods Fact Sheet

February 15, 2017