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Join KAMM – 2022

KAMM offers three membership levels: Individual ($25), Student ($10); and Agency/Organization ($250).  Membership is based on the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). 

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2022 KAMM Conference

Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg

We will be in -person this year!

September 19 Preconference Workshops and Activities

September 20 – 22 Annual Conference

Link to KAMM 2022 Conference for info

Link to 2022 KAMM Conference Lodging

KAMM Accepting Abstracts for 2022 Conference

Follow the links to read more and to Submit an Abstract!

Link to our announcement KAMM Accepting Abstracts for 2022 Conference 

Deadline to submit is June 10.

 


KAMM Regional Training Recap

  • Region I               3/30 – Hopkinsville Public Works Complex
  • Region II              3/23 – KIPDA, Louisville
  • Region III             3/16 – Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, Fort Wright 
  • Region IV             3/09 – Natural Bridge State Park 

Training is free for KAMM members.  

For a Recap, link to 2022 KAMM Regional Training Presentations.

 


GRANT INFO


FEMA Announces Dam Safety Grant Opportunities

May 16, 2022

FEMA released the Fiscal Year 2022 Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) grant program Notice of Funding Opportunity. The grant program is authorized and funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

The grant program provides technical, planning, design and construction assistance in the form of grants for the rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.  Eligible applicants must be eligible subrecipients, which include non-federal governments and non-profit organizations.

In Fiscal Year 2022, the High Hazard Potential Dam grant program is being allocated $22 million to continue the program.  Of the total funding, $11.64 million will be available for planning and design activities and $10.36 million will be available for construction-ready activities only. 

Another approximate $11 million is available through the Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program, bringing the total of available grant funding to $33 million.

This fiscal year’s funding cycle added nearly $15 million through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is the second funding opportunity funded through the law follows and the March Swift Current announcement.

Summary of each Fiscal Year 2022 Dam Safety Funding Opportunity

Total funds for Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams: $22 million.

These funds include $11.64 million from the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act and $10.36 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Total funds for National Dam Safety State Assistance: $11 million*.

*These are approximate figures until final calculations are determined.

These funds include $7 million from the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act and $4 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Eligible non-federal dams are:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program.
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state where the dam is located.
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state dam safety agency.

In a state with an enacted dam safety program, the state administrative agency or an equivalent state agency is eligible to apply.  Each eligible state may submit only one grant application.

Eligible subrecipients are encouraged to review the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement on Grants.gov and apply by the July 15 deadline.

FEMA is offering the following informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of this year’s two dam safety funding opportunities.  Information will include the agency’s funding priorities, application submission and review processes.  Registration information for all upcoming webinars will be provided soon.

For additional updates or more information, visit FEMA.gov.

 


Announcing NOFO for the FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, Individual State Earthquake Assistance and Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance grants

May 2022

The Fiscal Year 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), Individual State Earthquake Assistance (ISEA) and Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance (MSNEA) grants are now on www.grants.gov

In addition to detailing eligibility and submission requirements, these funding opportunities provide a program overview including objectives, priorities and allowable activities. The open application period is 30 days.

The application period for both funding opportunities will end June 1, 2022.

Additional information on these funding opportunities and FEMA NEHRP is available at www.fema.gov.

 


NFWF Announces Release of the America the Beautiful Challenge Request for Proposals

New program coordinates funding from federal agencies and private sources into one competitive grant program to support conservation across the nation

May 4, 2022

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the 2022 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge, a public-private grant program designed to support locally led, voluntary ecosystem restoration projects.  Approximately $85 million in grant funding is available.

This new program will invest in the restoration of watersheds, forests and grasslands while also working toward other goals consistent with the America the Beautiful Initiative, including strengthened resilience, equitable access to the outdoors, workforce development, migration corridors, habitat connectivity and collaborative conservation. 

The America the Beautiful Challenge coordinates funding from multiple federal agencies and private philanthropy into one competitive grant program, following the same conservation approach NFWF has used for nearly four decades.  This streamlines the application process, enabling larger, more impactful cross-boundary projects while making it easier for states, Tribes, territories, local groups, non-governmental organizations and others to apply for multiple funding sources with one application.

The America the Beautiful Challenge will seek to advance conservation and restoration projects that are consistent with at least one of the following core areas of need:

  • Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds
  • Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks
  • Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds, and seascapes
  • Improving ecosystem and community resilience to coastal flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  • Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Applicants are encouraged to develop large landscape-scale and/or cross-jurisdictional projects that advance existing conservation plans or are informed by Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.

Proposals are due July 21. For additional information about the America the Beautiful Challenge, please visit: https://www.nfwf.org/challenge.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.  Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 6,000 organizations and committed $7.4 billion to conservation projects.  Learn more at www.nfwf.org.

 


$420M Investment in Watershed Infrastructure Projects to Benefit Rural, Underserved Communities

April 21, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will invest $420 million in 132 infrastructure projects in 31 states, including rehabilitating dams, flood prevention, and watershed restoration projects.  The investments are funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and build on a $166 million investment announced earlier this year.

The infrastructure announcement includes funding through two programs: the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program provides technical and financial assistance for new watershed infrastructure, and the Watershed Rehabilitation Program (REHAB) upgrades existing USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) dams.

In total, NRCS received $918 million to allocate through its watershed programs.  In addition to WFPO and REHAB, there are funds for the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) to help communities recover from natural disasters.  NRCS will continue to assist communities as it receives disaster requests.

A full list of projects is available on NRCS’ Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage.

Eligible project sponsors include state government entities, local municipalities, conservation districts, and federally-recognized tribal organizations.  NRCS will continue to review additional requests and compile a third round of watershed funding as funds are available.

NRCS encourages local sponsors to submit requests through their local program managers.  Sponsors are encouraged to reach out to their state’s NRCS Watershed Program Manager with watershed concerns as soon as possible to ensure their project request is in the funding queue for consideration. 

Kentucky contacts –  scott.schneider@usda.gov and sonya.keith@usda.gov.

 


FEMA Provides Over $400M to Emergency Managers

April 19, 2022

FEMA released the funding notice for the Emergency Management Performance Grant program, making $405.1 million available to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in developing their emergency management capabilities and for all-hazards preparedness activities.  The program focuses on planning, operations, equipment acquisitions, training, exercises, construction and renovation.

This is one of the highest annual amounts awarded for this grant, because of the combined release of $355.1 million through annual appropriations and an additional $50 million in funding through the “Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.”

This application period closes June 13.

Eligible applicants must submit an initial application by June 6, FEMA will notify eligible applicants to proceed with submitting their complete application package in the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System by the application deadline.

FEMA anticipates that all awards will be made no later than Sept. 30.  Award amounts for each government entity are predetermined and based on the “Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006,” All 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico receive a base amount of 0.75% of the total available funding appropriated for the program. Four territories, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, receive a base amount of 0.25% of the total available funding appropriated.  The remaining balance of funds are distributed on a population-share basis.

 


KENTUCKY NEWS


Nature Based Solutions for Hazard Mitigation in Kentucky Report

April 2022

KAMM finalizes the Green Infrastructure Report for Kentucky.

Link to Nature Based Solutions for Hazard Mitigation in Kentucky Final – April 2022

 


TRAINING


 

The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey and Small Communities Webinar

June 16, 2022

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS) is conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess the capital costs (or “needs”) to meet the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act and address water quality-related environmental and public health concerns.  Needs are organized into categories based on project eligibilities in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and are reported by state-appointed officials through a data entry portal.  The CWNS has not gathered data since 2012, and the last report was published in 2016. 

Recent legislative changes in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will allow EPA to report to Congress the needs for all capital projects eligible for assistance through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, including decentralized and nonpoint source needs.  This presentation will provide an overview of the survey and cover the tools available to small and disadvantaged communities for documenting their capital needs in the CWNS. 

To register https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8253773628094145805.

 


Webinars on the Community Rating System Schedule

The CRS Webinar Series provides both live and on-demand training to communities.  The Series includes basic introductory sessions and more advanced topics, most averaging about an hour in length.

For dates and topic, link to CRS Training and Webinars

Link to https://crsresources.org/training/ to register.

 


Campbell County KY Office of Emergency Management Training Calendar

Campbell County provides in-person training.

Link to the their 2022 calendar.

 


PROGRAM UPDATES AND RELEASES


Revised National Flood Insurance Program Technical Bulletin 7 has been Released

May 2022

FEMA Building Science Branch is pleased to announce the release of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Technical Bulletin 7, Wet Floodproofing Requirements and Limitations For Buildings and Structures Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas in Accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program. Future technical bulletins will follow this publication’s new format.

Technical Bulletin 7 (TB 7) provides guidance on the NFIP floodplain management requirements for the design and construction of wet floodproofed buildings and structures in Special Flood Hazard Areas.

TB 7 discusses limitations on the use of wet floodproofing and how to evaluate the feasibility of using wet floodproofing measures for historic structures, agricultural structures and functionally dependent uses.

The major updates in TB-7 include:

  • Updated to be consistent with the requirements of FEMA Policy #104-008-03, Floodplain Management Requirements for Agricultural Structures and Accessory Structures, and FEMA P-2140, Floodplain Management Bulletin, Floodplain Management Requirements for Agricultural Structures and Accessory Structures.
  • Expanded discussion on best practices and measures to reduce flood damage when NFIP compliance is not required.
  • Clarification of when wet floodproofing measures that require human intervention can be used.

TB 7 also discusses NFIP regulations and how building design criteria apply to new construction, substantial improvement and substantial damage.

To learn more about the eleven NFIP Technical Bulletins, visit the FEMA National Flood Insurance Technical Bulletins.

For more information on building science, visit fema.gov/building-science.

 


FEMA Releases New Flood Insurance Resources

May 2022

If a property owner doesn’t know their flood risk, they cannot know their premium rate or what mitigation actions to consider.

As FEMA rolled out the National Flood Insurance Program’s new rating system, Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action, the agency has heard questions from policyholders and industry partners such as, “How does FEMA calculate my rate?” and “How can I reduce my flood risk and pay less?”

To provide answers to these important questions, FEMA has published new materials to the Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action resource webpage on FloodSmart.gov.

These user-friendly educational tools are a part of the agency’s commitment to increasing transparency and communication.  The materials provide in-depth explanations on topics ranging from flood risk variables and individualized policy pricing to discounts and other options available to policyholders.

This collection is updated regularly and insurance providers are encouraged to use and share these resources to help their clients protect lives and to help close the flood insurance gap.

 


What’s Changed in Risk Rating 2.0 and CRS

May 2022

Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0) rating methodology now incorporates a wide range of rating variables; however, two major ones that are no longer used are Base Flood Elevations and flood zones.  In the old methodology (RR 1.0), properties in moderate-low risk zones (e.g., B, C, X) with minimal losses could qualify for a lower-cost Preferred Risk Policy (PRP); however, they did not receive a CRS discount.  If they did not qualify for the PRP, they could be written as a standard-rated Zone X policy and receive 5% or 10% discount depending upon the CRS Class.  Buildings in Zone A would get the full discount.

In RR 2.0, because the flood zone is no longer a rating variable, the discount that had applied to just Zone A policies now applies to all policies.  So, a policy in Zone X receives the same discount.  While there are numerous variations and nuances.

Link to the two-page Fact SheetRR+2.0 Fact Sheet and CRS.

 


FEMA Updates State and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guides

April 19, 2022

FEMA updated its state and local mitigation planning policy guides to reflect programmatic and administrative regulatory changes.  The agency routinely updates the policies to continually improve and better support stakeholders in meeting federal requirements when creating hazard mitigation plans.

The updated policies facilitate consistent evaluation and approval of state and local hazard mitigation plans and promote mitigation planning and risk-informed decision-making.  They also support stakeholders in meeting federal requirements with their hazard mitigation plans to receive certain types of funding.

These are the next generation of policies that reinforce resilience as a whole-community effort that builds state and local capabilities to plan for long-term risk reduction, climate change and equitable outcomes.  Changes to state and local policies include:

The policies will become effective for all mitigation plan approvals one year from the official release date.  This provides a one-year transition period for state and local governments to meet the new requirements.

As of March 31, 85% of the nation’s population live in communities with current mitigation plans.  FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans are required for certain types of federal grant funding.

The policies are the official interpretation of the requirements in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended and other federal statutes as well in federal regulations, specifically Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations Part 201 Mitigation Planning.

Visit FEMA’s Policy Update webpage to learn more. 

 


EPA Tool Provides the Public with Customized Updates on Local Enforcement and Compliance Activities

March 22, 2022

EPA announced the release of a new web tool, called “ECHO Notify,” that empowers members of the public to stay informed about important environmental enforcement and compliance activities in their communities.  Through ECHO Notify, users can sign up to receive weekly emails when new information is available within the selected geographic area, such as when a violation or enforcement action has taken place at a nearby facility. 

ECHO Notify provides information on all EPA enforcement and compliance activities as well as activities of state and local governments under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

Increased transparency leads to stronger deterrence of environmental violations.  As more people play an active role in protecting their neighborhoods from pollution, EPA has developed ECHO Notify so that finding updates on environmental enforcement and compliance activities is as easy as checking your email.

Link to EPA’s website ECHO Notify,. On the homepage, you can: 

  • Select a geographic area and/or facility ID(s)
  • Choose the type of compliance and enforcement information of interest

EPA has prepared a short video that provides an overview of ECHO Notify and explains how to use it.  Link to the video, ECHO Tutorial: Intro to ECHO NotifyEXITEXIT EPA WEBSITE.

 


Catalog of FEMA Building Science Resources, 6th Edition – FEMA P-787 

January 2022

FEMA’s Building Science and Earthquake and Wind Programs Branches have compiled this catalog of available FEMA publications for natural hazards.  The publication descriptions are first organized by primary hazard  earthquake, food, high wind, hurricane, multi-hazard, other hazards, Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) program, and building codes resources – and then by stakeholder groups  individuals and homeowners, teachers and kids, private sector and small business, community planning and policy, building professionals and engineers (contractors, builders, engineers, and architects), and private sector and small business and are further arranged by subject areas and ordered alphabetically.

Link to download  P-787 Catalog of FEMA Building Science Resources

 


FEMA Updates Community Resilience Exercise Guide 

November 9, 2021

FEMA releases updates to the Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide, a “one-stop-shop” for any jurisdiction or organization interested in using a climate-focused exercise to better understand their long-term risk and evaluate actions to mitigate them. 

Exercises provide an effective forum for the public to develop a common understanding of risk, assess current capabilities, and identify preparedness gaps and other needs to be addressed through future planning.  The guide is helpful for planning and conducting scenario-based exercises.  It uses different time horizons and levels of climate risk to help visualize the future and evaluate options for constructive action to adapt to climate changes already occurring and those to come.  This guide equips users with:

  • A dictionary with common terms to ensure a shared understanding of climate-related terminology and principles before an exercise.
  • Tools and templates for planning and conducting climate-focused exercises.
  • Resources including funding opportunities, risk assessments and training programs.

Link to the Guide –  FEMA_Advisory_FEMA_Updates_Community_Resilience_Exercise_Guide

The guide offers the latest Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guiding principles, new discussion prompts specific to climate change and social justice, and noteworthy resources from across the interagency. 

 


Mobile Tools


USGS Mobile Flood Tool

The U.S. Geological Survey released a mobile tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather, and flood forecasts all in one place. The new USGS National Water Dashboard will help inform forecasting, response, and recovery efforts for agencies such as the National Weather Service, FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal, state and local agencies.

 


FEMA Mobile App Introduces New Mitigate Your Risk Section

Features in the App

  • Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
  • Share real-time notifications with loved ones via text, email and social media.
  • Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including fires, flooding, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes and more.
  • Locate open emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers in your area where you can talk to a FEMA representative in person.
  • Prepare for disasters with a customizable emergency kit checklistemergency family plan, and reminders.
  • Connect with FEMA to register for disaster assistance. 
  • Follow the FEMA blog.

Download the FEMA Mobile App.

 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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