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Join KAMM – 2024

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

When you join us, please add kentuckymitigation@gmail.com to your accepted email contacts. Thanks!

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2024 Annual Conference 

 

Registration is Now Open

 

September 16th — Pre-Conference Day
September 17th – 19th — Annual Conference

 

 

Owensboro Convention Center
Owensboro KY

 

 

2024 KAMM Conference Speaker Line Up

 

Read All About It, and Register Now on the
2024 KAMM Conference Page

 

Click here or navigate to the conference page
at the top of the index on the right.

 

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2024 KAMM MITIGATION AWARDS

 


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Announcing KAMM’s 2024 Community Mitigation
Grant Opportunity

 KAMM is happy to announce that we are accepting applications for the KAMM 2024 Community Mitigation Grant Program. KAMM promotes natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery as well as public awareness of floodplain, stormwater, and emergency management.

The KAMM Grant Program offers local communities an opportunity for assistance with a mitigation project. The program allocates funds for projects that promote natural hazard mitigation and management or mitigation awareness in your community. To date, the KAMM Community Mitigation Grant Fund has provided $11,980 to KY communities to help meet their specific mitigation needs.

Community Grant Funding

Proceeds from the Community Grant fundraisers at our annual KAMM conference and donations throughout the year will be used to fund our annual grant.

Available grant funds vary each year. This year’s fund is $1,400.

Submit an Application

Please provide a description of the location, problem, solution, benefits of mitigation and the estimated project costs and schedule. Mitigation projects that support community involvement and engagement will receive priority. The applicant must represent either the public sector or a nonprofit organization.

The deadline to submit is July 31, 2024. We will announce the grant winner at the annual conference.

Link to application: KAMM 2024 Community Grant Application


 

Mitigation News

 


 

Session 2 | GI Webinar Series:
Equitable Green Infrastructure in a Changing Climate

Thursday, July 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EDT  

Description: This webinar will address the role of Green Infrastructure in the context of climate change. Climate change affects certain groups more than others, particularly vulnerable communities, due to health, social, and economic factors. Building community resilience in an equitable manner can assist communities in preparing for and adapting to the effects of climate change. Green Infrastructure can offer strategies to reduce and better cope with the impacts of climate change.

View Full Series Schedule
 

Guest Speakers: Dany Garcia Moreno, Climate Resilience Planner, Anthropocene Alliance, and 
Carson Risner, Senior Research Analyst, Earth Economics

 

Register Here


NASA’s POWER Project: Global Solar Insolation, Meteorological Parameter Data, and Web Services to Support Sustainable Building Design and Operations

July 31, 2024 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Free to Attend – Limited Space

The building industry is striving to adopt green solutions to make infrastructure more energy efficient to meet the 2050 net-zero climate goals. Planning requires reliable environmental datasets that are crucial in designing, building, and maintaining the global built environment, as well as other energy-related processes and investments.

NASA’s Prediction of Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) Project informs decision-making and development for sustainable building design and operations by enabling public open discovery, efficient access, and convenient distribution of NASA’s Earth Observations and atmospheric model datasets to support three focus areas:

  • Renewable energy deployment and management
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Agroclimatology applications

Register to Attend Here


Training Opportunity:  Substantial Damage Week

When structures inside the 1% chance floodplain are damaged, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities have a responsibility to assess impacts before repairs can be made, no matter the cause of damage. If the cost to repair is 50% or more of the market value, the structure is considered Substantially Damaged and must be brought into compliance with current local floodplain management standards.

The Division of Water (DOW), along with FEMA Region IV, is hosting our first Substantial Damage Week (SD Week) in Frankfort on August 12-15.  Over these four (4) days, attendees will learn what Substantial Damage is, how it works within your local floodplain management program, how it can be implemented on the ground, how to collect the data you need, and how to make these SD determinations. 

After a disaster, community officials can become overwhelmed with managing their floodplains, so as part of this workshop, attendees will also learn how they can use 1206 mitigation funding to help their citizens to recover.  Rebuilding to current standards significantly decreases peril to life & property and prevents future damages.

Part of this workshop will be a field assessment of structures to help attendees understand how to collect data, but also how to use the data they collect to make SD determinations.  Each attendee will also develop a SD Administrative Plan for their community that they can then implement after disasters moving forward.

Apply today!  More information will be provided to the training registrants. 

  • Dates: Substantial Damage Week                                           Aug 12 – 15   8:30a-4p ET
  • Apply: https://forms.gle/cdwecTpiipgnp1jM9    

2024 National Disaster Resilience Conference Registration Now Open

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The 2024 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC24), where the nation’s foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement will gather from Nov. 20 – 22, 2024, in Clearwater Beach, Florida. FEMA will be in attendance again at this important show to learn more about what will help create more resilient buildings and disaster-resilient communities in the face of earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, other natural hazards, etc. and to promote Earthquake and Wind Program Branch’s role in seismic/wind resiliency and the BSBs significant involvement in the National Initiative to Advance Building Codes.

NDRC24 will feature keynote presentations, discussion panels, spotlight topics, and stories of resilience that will help create more resilient buildings and disaster-resilient communities in the face of earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural hazards.

For more than two decades, design professionals, emergency managers, financial service experts, first responders, futurists, housing experts, insurers, journalists, meteorologists, product manufacturers, risk communicators, scientists, social psychologists, volunteers, and many others have come together to make this conference a must-attend event. We welcome your attendance and participation in November.

Visit nationaldisasterresilienceconference.org/ for more information.


Save the date for KWA’s Watershed Network Summit!


UK Leading $20 Million, 5-year NSF Collaborative Project to Build Climate Resilience in Kentucky

Kentucky has certainly learned over the past four years that our weather is challenging to predict and can have devastating consequences for our citizens. From the violent tornadoes that ravaged Western Kentucky in 2021 to the historic floods that devastated Eastern Kentucky in 2022, weather-related catastrophes have all too often severely impacted communities and hampered economic growth in the Commonwealth.

A new five-year Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII Track-1) award from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR), “Climate Resilience through Multidisciplinary Big Data Learning, Prediction & Building Response Systems (CLIMBS),” is investing $20 million into advancing Kentucky’s climate resiliency, using a collaborative, statewide approach to bring the best and brightest minds together to tackle this important Kentucky problem.

“We are proud to invest in Kentucky’s future through the CLIMBS project, which aims to enhance climate resilience and sustainability across industries,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “By focusing on science-driven solutions, Kentucky can address climate challenges, protect communities and bolster economic growth for communities across the commonwealth and throughout the region.” 

Kentucky NSF EPSCoR is a statewide program to build research infrastructure and increase national competitiveness in obtaining research funding to tackle the Commonwealth’s most important issues. The University of Kentucky will lead an eight-institution collaboration including University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Thomas More University, that will address three fundamental knowledge gaps in climate-related understanding:

  • CLIMBS will utilize “big data” approaches and monitoring networks to increase knowledge of Kentucky’s atmosphere and hydrosphere, including paleoclimate data from Kentucky’s past, to determine Kentucky-specific climate activity.
  • Researchers will enhance predictions of future climate, water resources and biodiversity through application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques on extensive environmental datasets to forecast climate events, floods and landslides, enhancing response and preparedness efforts.
  • CLIMBS will establish an enhanced framework for climate mitigation and community-level disaster response. It aims to explore the interconnectedness between infrastructure (such as water, power, traffic and communications), human populations and climate hazards. Additionally, it will develop risk assessment tools and restoration models that prioritize human health, socio-economic vibrancy and the long-term sustainability of communities.

“This new EPSCoR project speaks to everything we believe in at the University of Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Building a collaborative team from across higher education institutions in Kentucky to conduct transformative, meaningful work that will have a real benefit in Kentucky communities. While doing so, CLIMBS seeks to educate and train the workforce of tomorrow who will help us build more climate resilient and healthy Kentucky communities.”

CLIMBS will become self-sustainable after the conclusion of the five-year grant, which is critical to helping the state realize its vision of becoming a leader in climate resiliency and hazard engineering based on predictions specific to the area. Rodney Andrews, program director of Kentucky NSF EPSCoR, understands this quite well, serving as the primary investigator on this Track-1 project, his fourth since becoming Kentucky NSF EPSCoR Program Director in 2011.

Read the full article here.

NSF announces a new EPSCoR Track-1 award to combat climate change in Kentucky 


FEMA Streamlines Cost-Effectiveness in its Mitigation Grant Programs!!

FEMA is streamlining Benefit-Cost Analysis to facilitate access to make more communities resilient to natural hazards and the effects of climate change. This addresses long-standing barriers certain communities—particularly those that are underserved—have had accessing mitigation grants through the through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs and Public Assistance mitigation funding.

FEMA is reducing the discount rate from 7% to 3.1% to make it easier for states, Tribal Nations, territories and local governments to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of hazard mitigation projects when completing a Benefit Cost Analysis. It also aligns with updated federal guidance A-94 Circular, Guidelines and Discount Rates for Benefit Cost Analysis of Federal Programs, released by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). A Benefit Cost Analysis is a quantitative analysis used to assess the benefits and costs of a hazard mitigation project by comparing the disaster impacts avoided by the mitigated project to the cost of the project.

FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis Toolkit has the discount rate built into its calculations and has been updated. Applicants do not need to perform separate calculations or redownload the toolkit to use the new discount rate.

Here are other ways that FEMA is simplifying the benefit-cost analysis requirements for its hazard mitigation grant programs:

  • Implementing distributional weights in determining the cost-effectiveness of a hazard mitigation project. The distributional weights will automatically adjust the Benefit-Cost Analysis results by increasing the building replacement value for properties located in census tracts with household incomes below the national median. These benefits will make it easier for projects in disadvantaged communities to be eligible for mitigation grant funding.
  • No longer requiring a full Benefit-Cost Analysis for projects being funded through its Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs with a total cost of less than $1 million.
  • Offering FEMA BCA assistance to disadvantaged communities and Tribal Nations to determine hazard mitigation project cost-effectiveness.
  • Updating the pre-calculated benefit amounts that can be used to determine hazard mitigation project cost-effectiveness. The term “pre-calculated benefit” refers to a benefit value that has been calculated based on research and statistical analysis or computer modeling of mitigation projects. Pre-calculated benefits simplify the cost-effectiveness determination process by eliminating the requirement for applicants to conduct separate BCAs for eligible projects.

By making it easier to demonstrate cost-effectiveness for hazard mitigation projects, applicants and subapplicants can more effectively implement and fund resiliency initiatives that will save lives and protect infrastructure and property.

Review the BCA policy updates by visiting FEMA.gov.


 

KWA Commonwealth Sweep

The KWA Commonwealth Sweep is off to a great start! In April, the first two cleanups were held in the Salt River and Licking River Basins.

KWA partnered with Metro Council District 9 (Andrew Owen), Metro Council District 8 (Ben Reno-Weber), Beargrass Creek Alliance, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Metro Solid Waste Clean Collaborative, MSD, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to remove 50 bags of garbage from Beargrass Creek that included some unique finds such as a Sony Walkman, the grill from a car, and a large antique sewing table. Thank you to all who volunteered!

 KWA partnered with Banklick Watershed Council to host the Great American Cleanup-Litter Pick Up along with the City of Covington and Keep Covington Beautiful. Volunteers cleaned up 35 bags of trash!

Join a KWA Commonwealth Sweep

  • Green River Basin on July 20 with Warren County Stormwater
  • Big Sandy River Basin on August 18 with Big Sandy Watershed Watch, Concerned Citizens of Martin County, and LiKEN
  • Four Rivers Basin on September 14 with Hancock Biological Station

Additional details and registrations will be shared on our website as events are finalized. The Commonwealth Sweep is made possible by a grant award from Hydro Flask‘s Parks For All program in support of KWA’s efforts to not only remove unsightly and dangerous pollution from our rivers and streams, but create shared commitment to healthy waterways, and an opportunity to educate participants and partners in best practices so that they will be equipped to lead future conservation initiatives in their watersheds.


Major Expansion of NWS Water Resources Web Services with the
New
National Water Prediction Service (NWPS)

By: Charles Ross, AFS/Forecast Services Division/Water Resources Service Branch

The National Water Prediction Service (NWPS, pronounced en-wips) replaced the longstanding Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) with https://water.noaa.gov as the official one-stop shop for all NWS river forecasts and hydrologic data. The NWPS framework is designed to facilitate further expansion, with new water-related content that centralizes legacy web services.

The new site has an improved customer experience leveraging modern software, geospatial technology,
and cloud infrastructure, allowing users to make sound decisions before, during, and after extreme water
events such as floods and droughts, and also with respect to water management and more.

Key NWPS features include the following:
• New landing page with dynamic, fast navigation and more flexible query options for viewing hydrographs
• Interactive, improved individual gauge hydrographs
• New National Water Model guidance at the scale of individual river and stream reaches (over 3.4 million
river miles), most of which is currently ungauged
• Real-time, revolutionary, and comprehensive Flood Inundation Map (FIM) forecasts, which currently
cover 10 percent of the U.S. and will expand to 30 percent of the U.S. population by October 2024 and
nearly 100% by October 2026.

Additional references related to NWPS can be found below:
NWPS Product and Users Guide
A User’s Guide to National Water Prediction Service (NWPS) StoryMap
Flood Inundation Mapping Fact Sheet
Flood Inundation Mapping Services Storymap
NWPS Overview Flyer
NWPS API Flyer

If you missed the late April webinar on the new hydro forecast and resources website, NWPS (National Water Prediction Service), and new NWS Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) services coming in October 2024, please check out these YouTube links for the recordings:

NWPS Demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHNMBOxKBY8

FIM Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPqwNDURZbY&authuser=0


New FEMA Case Study:
Initiative Helps Rural Amish Communities Become Weather Ready

When communicating life safety and preparedness messaging, cultural differences need to be considered.  In Amish communities, there is a minimalist lifestyle. They do not typically use electricity and don’t adopt or use the conveniences of modern technology. There are many pockets of Amish communities across the country. 

In sharing preparedness and safety messaging, emergency managers must consider unique ways to initiate an education and public awareness project. A warning coordination meteorologist and an emergency management director teamed up to initiate a project which has become far reaching beyond the bounds of Eastern Kentucky – Weather Awareness for a Rural Nation (WARN). The mission of WARN is to bridge the gap and connect with “off the grid” communities using warnings and awareness to ensure protection of their lives and property.

 “Our goal was to focus on underserved populations and to create more weather-ready communities,” said Jane Marie Wix, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS). “We saw the need following a flood event that claimed the lives of five children residing in a rural Amish community.”

Read more…


PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program Award Recipients

The PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program awarded $829.6 million in grant funding to 80 recipients to fund projects that address the climate crisis by improving the resilience of the surface transportation system. The awards are located across 37 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and include seven Tribal projects.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will receive nearly $24.5 million to alleviate rockfalls, roadside erosion, and related traffic disruptions and crashes on a critical corridor on KY 15 in Breathitt County. The project addresses the risk from the rock bordering the road which erodes and sloughs off, often entering the roadway, resulting in road damage, destruction of maintenance equipment, and numerous crashes in recent years.


New Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Certificate Program

EMI is thrilled to announce the launch of the IS-1400: Foundations of Climate Science, the first course in the new Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Certificate Program offered by the Emergency Management Institute.

Please visit us and learn what courses are available immediately and the courses offered soon.


Applications Opening April 1 for $297 Million To Meet Housing and Infrastructure Needs Following 2022 Floods

Beginning April 1, the Department for Local Government (DLG) will begin taking applications for funding from Kentucky’s 2022 Disaster Recovery Program. This program is helping communities impacted by the flooding of 2022. Applications will be accepted for projects addressing housing, infrastructure, economic development and resiliency planning from the $297,994,000 allocated to Kentucky by the federal government to respond to the flooding of 2022.

Under the Disaster Recovery program, the five counties most impacted and distressed by the 2022 flooding – Breathitt, Letcher, Knott, Perry and Pike – will receive 80% of the funds. The other 20% of funding will help an additional 15 counties also impacted by 2022 flooding.

Applications can be completed by eligible cities, counties, nonprofits, for-profit organizations and other governmental entities. These groups will be conducting public outreach to make sure they are meeting housing needs in their impacted communities.

Applications will be available on the DLG’s website starting April 1. Questions about the program can be sent to DLG.DR@ky.gov.


Pennyrile Area Development District (PeADD) Hiring Infrastructure Coordinator

The Pennyrile Area Development District (PeADD) has an opportunity for an Infrastructure
Coordinator in the Community & Economic Development department. Read more…

For more information, visit the PeADD website: www.peadd.org


NWS Louisville Online Skywarn Training

Self Guided Online Modules

NWS Louisville has developed an online version of its Skywarn Spotter Training, tailored to the unique challenges of severe storm spotting in the Ohio Valley. There are 4 video modules, with a quiz covering each module. The quizzes must be completed in order because you’ll need the code word that you get for completing one in order to access the next.

Once you’ve reviewed each module, complete the quiz. You will receive an e-mail with your results shortly after you complete the quiz. If you answer ALL questions correctly, your e-mail will include the code word that you will need to access the next quiz.

After all 4 quizzes are successfully completed, you’ll receive a link to register in the NWS Louisville spotter database.


 

SIGN UP FOR KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE KAMM COMMUNITY MITIGATION GRANT FUND!

We are excited to be partnering with Kroger to raise funds for our community grant fund! When you enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program and select Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers as your organization, each purchase you make using your Kroger Rewards card will make a contribution toward KAMM’s Community Mitigation Grant Fund.

Visit http://www.kroger.com to get started(or use the QR code here).

Once you have logged into your Kroger account,
select Community Rewards from the left page menu. Search for Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers either by name or XF099 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Let’s raise money together to help communities across the Commonwealth grow stronger!

Last Quarter’s Contributions for the grant fund: 10 households & $45.47!


 

KAMM Partners News

 


 

 

2024 KY GIS CONFERENCE

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Louisville, KY
October 8 – 10, 2024

Conference registration is now open!

 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Deadline for submissions – July 17th

 

 

NEW THIS YEAR!

We have created a Hub Site! The site is filled with informative content centered around conference presentations. You can browse the different types of presentation tracks to help you determine the type of content you want to present. Along with other helpful links! Most importantly, this is where you will submit your presentation abstracts. 

Check it out!

 

You are invited to submit proposals for presentations, demonstrations, panel/round table sessions and more at the 2024 Kentucky GIS Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. We are pleased to have two days of sessions: Wednesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 10th, 2024. This is a great opportunity for our GIS, mapping, and geospatial community to showcase its work, educate others, and share professional experiences.

Presentations by vendors and consultants are welcome as they are often most familiar with new technologies. However, in the interest of maintaining a focus on presentations of wide-ranging and diverse interest, commercial content should be kept to a minimum. When possible, it is preferable for vendors to present with partners they have assisted on projects.

Most sessions will be 30 minutes including time for Q&A. Please be prepared to use your allotted time.

To submit a presentation, be prepared with an Abstract and Bio. Abstracts are limited to 1000 characters and Bios to 600 characters, and will be evaluated for Technical Content, Interest, Originality, and Quality.

The deadline for submissions is end of business July 17th, 2024.

For questions about presenting, please contact Kenny Ratliff, kratliff@oldhamcountywater.com

 


 
 

Join KEMA!

Memberships are available as Individual, Group, Associate, and Corporate.

You can register and pay online or you can print the invoice and mail in your payment.   We encourage everyone to join and be a part of our association.  We also encourage our associate and cooperate partners to join as well.  The associate membership is for individuals interested in emergency management but is not otherwise affiliated with an emergency management program. Memberships are based on the January-to-December calendar year.

Corporate membership is for an individual representing a business or organization whose interests include emergency management. Memberships are based on the January-to-December calendar year. 

For more information about the Kentucky Emergency Management Association (KEMA) click the links below.

 KEMA

 JOIN KEMA

September 3-6, 2024  
Kentucky Emergency Services Conference (Louisville)

Conference registration is completed onlineDue to growing attendance numbers we strongly discourage late and on-site registration. Full conference registration rates are: $250 Early Bird, $300 Normal Price (as of July 15), $350 Late Price (as of August 15), and $400 On Site (as of August 26). Additional admission options are available and include One Day Pass, Exhibit Hall Pass, etc.

Register Now


 Mitigation Education Opportunities


 

Community Rating System Webinars

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.


Whole Community Emergency Management Planning (AWR-330) course

Campbell County Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Whole Community Emergency Management Planning (AWR-330) course  in Campbell County on July 30th, 2024. This course is offered only twelve (12) times this year across the U.S. so we are very fortunate to have it delivered here in Northern Kentucky.

Through guided discussions, individual and group activities, the AWR-330 Whole Community Emergency Management Planning Course helps participants identify and better understand the stakeholders and resources within their communities.  Students will learn to develop strategies to better incorporate stakeholders into their emergency planning process, with a goal of increasing individual, community, and national resilience to all hazards.

This training is delivered by National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M University member of National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).

This course is 6 hours (1 day). Registration opens at 7:30 AM, class starts at 8:00 AM.

You can register online at:   https://tinyurl.com/vam2pm6x

Also, remember you are now required to have a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number to attend any homeland security training in person or online.  The SID number takes the place of your social security number.  Below is a link to the FEMA website to obtain the SID number if you do not already have one.  The whole process should not take more than three minutes. 

https://cdp.dhs.gov/FEMASID


Low Angle Rope Rescue Training

Campbell County August 17-18, 2024

This twelve-hour training is to equip the student with the techniques and methods for using rope, webbing, hardware friction devices, litters in low angle rescue situations. Areas covered include rope and related equipment, anchor systems, safety lines, stretcher lashing and rigging, mechanical advantage systems, and single-line and two-line rescue systems.

This training is 25% classroom and 75% hands on. The training will conclude with an exercise in which the class participants will be in charge of a rescue.

This course is open to rescue, fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel or any organization having responsibility for searching for missing or lost persons.  You must be affiliated with an organization having responsibility for SAR activities in Kentucky to attend.

All students should dress appropriately for current and predicted weather conditions, you will be outside). Bring a pencil and paper for notes. Sturdy boots (waterproof preferably), and long pants are required for all those intending to participate in the exercise activities.  Tennis shoes will not be acceptable. 

This Course is sponsored by the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management and Campbell County LandSAR.

Register online at:  https://tinyurl.com/yk7bbcet

 


Check out other Online Training

Link to Online Training.


 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 


Spring Dam Safety State Assistance Application Period Dates

The application period for FEMA’s Fiscal Year 2024 Spring Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program funding opportunity opened June 24, 2024 and will close on July 26, 2024

This year’s funding opportunity is for $7.5 million. The State Assistance (SA) grant program provides financial assistance to states and territories to help strengthen the administration of their dam safety programs. Eligible activities include training for state dam safety personnel, dam inspections, public awareness campaigns, emergency action plans and similar activities.

The announcement aligns with FEMA’s Year of Resilience theme to build local capacity to withstand tomorrow’s hazards. FEMA expects to begin award notifications in late August 2024.

The Dam Safety webpage on FEMA.gov will be periodically updated with timeline and award information.


USDA to invest up to $50 million in FY24 through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership

to support conservation partners with local projects that help protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands and help mitigate climate change.

Deadline for proposals is August 16th.

Get more information here.


$74 Million Coming to Kentucky To Clean Up Historic Mine Sites

Kentucky will receive more than $74 million in federal funds to continue cleaning up hazards left by historic mining and $28.67 million to support economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky.

The $74,217,023 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) award, issued through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, is the third round of 15 years of the funding that will go to the state to rebuild ailing water infrastructure and address water supply issues.

Projects that are eligible to receive BIL funding in Kentucky are those affected by coal mining that ceased prior to May 18, 1982. The state prioritizes projects based on the severity of the hazard.

Read more…


 
 

USDA Reminds Producers of Climate-Smart Opportunities Using Farm Loan Programs

 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that Farm Loan Programs can be used to support a variety of climate-smart agriculture practices, which build on many practices that farmers and ranchers already use, like cover cropping, nutrient management and conservation tillage

Drinking Water Grants and Other Financial Resources


USDA Announces $1.5 Billion in Funding for the 2024 Regional Conservation Partnership Program 

An interstate group is forming in the Red River Basin to work on agriculture issues.  If you are interested in collaborating in this watershed, contact Paulette Akers (paulette.akers@ky.gov).



One Percent Loan Program for Distressed Communities

USDA Rural Utilities Service has received funding for a new One Percent Loan program to help distressed communities. The One Percent Loan program provides an additional tool in our Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant program to maximize the investments from Congress and reduce the reliance on grant funding, while having a positive or neutral fiscal impact on distressed communities receiving assistance.

Funding is available now to help you build, expand, and repair your community’s drinking water, wastewater, storm water drainage, and sanitary solid waste disposal systems. Program highlights include:

  • One percent loan financing can be combined with grants to keep user costs reasonable.
  • Long loan terms are available with typical projects financed over 40 years, subject to state statute.
  • Comprehensive funding allows for construction, engineering, land, legal, environmental, and many other project costs.

Low interest loans are available now. Contact our State Offices to discuss your projects!


USDA Has Funding Available to Help Rural Communities Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Last year, more than 2.5 million rural residents and businesses benefitted from improved water and wastewater infrastructure thanks to financial assistance from USDA. The Department provided over $2 billion in financing for 640 rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Whether you need to build, expand, or renovate your system, USDA has funds available now in the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Program Highlights

  • Projects must be in a rural area with a population of 10,000 or less
  • Eligible applicants may be public bodies, nonprofits, or Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Low interest rate funding can be combined with grants to keep user costs reasonable
  • Longer financing terms are available with typical projects financed over 40 years
  • Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and may be filed electronically using RD Apply.

Contact our State Offices for more details and interest rates applicable for your project.


Finding Funding for Nature-Based Projects Just Got a Little Bit Easier

Announcing a new searchable database for communities interested in funding nature-based infrastructure solutions

The National Wildlife Federation has launched a new microsite FundingNatureBasedSolutions.nwf.org, that aims to easily connect community planners and other stakeholders with sources of federal funding for infrastructure projects that incorporate natural elements. 

The site allows users to search and sort the more than 70 types of federal grants that fund nature-based restoration solutions based on factors such as eligible recipients, project purpose, and the match required.  It also provides information about the typical application cycles, and contact information for each program. 

Recent legislation, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the Inflation Reduction Act, created several new funding streams for nature-based projects and augmented existing programs’ funding for broad purposes such as flood protection, water quality improvement, disaster recovery and transportation resilience.  The website will be updated regularly as the funding sources available evolve. 

Visit the National Wildlife Federation Media Center NWF.org/News.


Green Infrastructure Funding Microsite

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) launched a new funding microsite for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions and green infrastructure projects. The interactive database allows users to search and sort the more than 70 types of federal grants that fund nature-based solutions based on factors such as eligible recipients, project purpose, and the match required. It also provides information about the typical application cycles, and contact information for each program.

Access the database here: FundingNatureBasedSolutions.nwf.org.

 

 

 

 


 

PUBLICATIONS, RESOURCES, & MOBILE TOOLS

 


Federal Flood Standard Support Tool (Beta)


FEMA Updates the Climate Risk and Resilience (ClimRR) Portal 

The Climate Risk and Resilience Portal (ClimRR) is an award-winning, free, national online source for sophisticated climate data down to the neighborhood level.  ClimRR provides easy access to climate data to integrate future conditions into Hazard Mitigation Plans, land use plans, infrastructure design, and FEMA’s Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT).

ClimRR data is available for changing hazards: extreme temperatures (hot and cold), cooling and heating degree days, heat index, wind, fire weather index, precipitation/no precipitation under two carbon emission scenarios. The updated portal lets users visualize and analyze future climate hazards combined with local demographic and infrastructure data. Enhanced features include:

  • New Consolidated Local Reports Assessing Future Climate Hazards and Community Impacts
  • New Maps, Charts & Visualizations
  • Improved Educational Features to Interpret Climate Hazard Data Points 

 

Help Prepare Your Community by Using FEMA’s Data and Findings!

Do you want to use data to inform your preparedness efforts? Are you wondering what actions you should encourage your community to take? FEMA publishes Data Digests to share findings from its preparedness research, like the annual National Household Survey on Disaster Preparedness. Our goal is to provide you with relevant insights, data, findings, research-validated protective actions and helpful links that you can use to engage with your community. We invite you to use the information below and incorporate Data Digest resources into your preparedness publications, social media posts and stakeholder outreach. 

Have questions about this data? Want to receive the Data Digest in your inbox? Contact FEMA at FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.

Extreme heat can be deadly. Read about how you can help your community learn how to identify and respond to the effects of extreme heat in FEMA’s most recent Data Digest on extreme heat preparedness.


FEMA Publishing 2023 FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms Book

FEMA is publishing an update to the FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms – A Capability Assurance Job and Field Aid.

The “FAAT Book”, as it is known, is a comprehensive list of FEMA and emergency management-related acronyms, terms and abbreviations.

The updated FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms – A Capability Assurance Job and Field Aid will be published online at https://www.fema.gov/about/glossary.

FEMA will not publish hard copies of the 2023 update.


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.


The FEMA App

Take Charge of Disasters The FEMA App is your personalized disaster resource, so you feel empowered and ready to take charge of any disaster life throws your way.   

PLAN: Learn how to prepare for common hazards quickly and easily.

Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, the FEMA App can help you learn basic preparedness strategies like how to create a family emergency communication plan, what to pack in your emergency kit, and what to do immediately after a disaster. 

PROTECT: Knowing when and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property during a disaster can make all the difference.

With the FEMA App, you can receive real-time weather and emergency alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.  It can also help you find a nearby shelter if you need to evacuate to a safe space.

Download the FEMA App

Get it on Google Play 

Download it on Apple Store.

You can also download the app via text messaging. On an Android device, text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA); On an Apple Device, text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA).

Search for shelters near you. Text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362.

TEXT FOR HELP

To search for shelters near you, text SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362 (e.g. Shelter 12345). You may look up shelters any time through the American Red Cross shelter map or by downloading the FEMA App.

Safety Tips – To sign up to receive general information about how to prepare for any type of disaster, text PREPARE to 43362.  To sign up for disaster specific safety tips, text one of the keywords below to 43362:

  • BLACKOUT
  • EARTHQUAKE
  • FIRE
  • FLOOD
  • TORNADO
  • WILDFIRE
  • WINTER

Now on the FEMA App: Fill Your Digital Backpack Today

Backpack with documents, camera and phone

You may already have an emergency kit at home or a go-bag in your car with supplies like water, flashlights, and a first aid kit. But did you know you can also safeguard important electronic documents—property deeds, insurance documents, medical records and more—in FEMA’s new digital backpack?

Having digital backups of your important physical documents means that you’ll have the information to replace them should you need to. That’s where the digital backpack comes in. Easy steps to create a digital backpack are now on the FEMA app, available from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, look for the Prepare icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap the A-Z tab and then Emergency Plans, Kits & Checklists. Scroll down to Digital Backpack. The app then takes you step by step through the process of creating a digital backpack, from gathering documents to showing you how to store these documents online to keeping them updated. Once you’re done, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have access to documents you may need during an emergency.


 

 

 

 

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