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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!

Link to Join KAMM.  Pay by Check or by Credit Card.


2024 Regional Trainings

 

Registration is now open for KAMM 2024 regional trainings!

Regional trainings are free to KAMM members and $25 for non-members.  If you are not yet a member, Join KAMM here – you can Pay by Check, PayPal, or Credit Card.

If you are a member, register for trainings here.

You may attend one or all of the trainings for the $25 cost of membership; select each for which you would like to register.

Training topics vary by region based upon KAMM members’ input at our annual regional meetings. CECs will be available. Lunch is provided by KAMM.

Agendas

Region II: March 5, 9:30 am – 4:15 pm
Louisville Water Company – Water Tower. 3005 River Road Louisville KY  40207 (Free parking on site)
Agenda: Region II Training Agenda

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm — Networking Event: Mile Wide Brewing. 636 Barret Ave Louisville, KY 40204  
(Free Parking Onsite) This Event is unsponsored. Please consider attending and contributing a small donation to KAMM’s Community Mitigation Grant Fund.

Region III: March 12, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room. 319 Wapping St, Frankfort KY 40601
Agenda: Region III Training Agenda

Region IV: March 19, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
KY River Area Development District. 941 N. Main Street Hazard, KY 41701
Agenda: Region IV Training Agenda

Region I: March 26, 9:00 am CT – 3:30 pm CT
Pennyrile Area Development District Office. 300 Hammond Drive, Hopkinsville Kentucky 42240
Agenda: Region I Training Agenda

 


2024 Annual Conference — Save the Date

 

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

Owensboro Convention Center
Owensboro KY

 


 Purchase your KAMM swag at the KAMM eStore!


NEWS

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Gov. Beshear Announces Tree Recovery Program for Eastern Kentucky Residents Affected by Flooding 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans for the distribution of 1,500 trees in Letcher, Perry and Breathitt counties to help rebuild and offer hope and healing to Eastern Kentucky families impacted by the devastating flooding event in 2022. 

Residents, schools, businesses and other local organizations are eligible to receive various species of trees, which will be available in one to three-gallon containers and will be four-seven feet tall. The tree distribution events (from 9 a.m. until noon) will be held at local University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices:  

March 2 at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg 
March 16 at the Perry County Extension Office in Hazard 
March 23 at the Breathitt County Extension Office in Jackson

Read more…


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


Register for the 2024 ASFPM Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 ASFPM Annual Conference, June 23-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is your chance to join 1,500+ fellow flood risk management professionals at the world’s largest conference dedicated to all aspects of flooding and floodplain management. No travel budget? No worries. Back by popular demand, we are once again offering a virtual conference option — allowing you to choose how you wish to receive your professional development and networking experiences.

Register now for the best rate. 


Rain Garden & Riparian Buffer Mini Grant Program Workshop

Bluegrass Greensource is offering Fayette County homeowners up to $650 with a 20% match to plant riparian buffers on backyard streams or install rain gardens on their residential lots. You must attend one of our workshops or complete our online training (coming soon) to be eligible to apply.

Join us on March 16th from 10am-12pm for our first mini grants workshop of the 2024 season! In this workshop, participants will learn about rain gardens and riparian buffers, how they improve water quality, how to install them, and what plants are best to use.

The workshop will begin at 10am and will be held at 835 National Ave, Lexington, KY 40502. You can register for the event here.

For questions or more information, please contact Rachel Skinner at rachel.skinner@bggreensource.org.


NOTICE: Upcoming Decommissioning of AHPS and NWPS Replacement

As outlined in the National Weather Service (NWS) Strategic Plan, the NWS is investing in its infrastructure. This strategy includes the modernization and replacement of the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) web dissemination platform with the National Water Prediction Service (NWPS) on or around March 27, 2024.

We recognize that AHPS provides you and others with critical hydrologic information, especially during extreme hydrologic events, and as such we are sharing information here about the transition not only to help you prepare but also to ensure there are no gaps in service.

Below is key information for you:

What is NWPS: The NWPS web dissemination platform will be the replacement for AHPS. NWPS will leverage the NWS’ Dissemination Cloud infrastructure, a modernized Web technology framework incorporating geospatial technology and web services to disseminate critical hydrologic information to you year round. In addition to the enhanced Graphical User Interface (GUI), NWPS will include an Application Programming Interface (API) that will allow you to integrate operational forecast information within your own applications. Information on the NWPS access, use, evaluation and training material is available at https://www.weather.gov/owp/operations.

Service Change Notice:

A Service Change Notice (SCN) (listed here: https://www.weather.gov/notification/) was posted on Friday, January 12, announcing the 75-day transition of the experimental NWPS service to operational status.

https://preview.water.noaa.gov will still be available until March 27, 2024 with minor interruption. It is advised that the public and NWS partners continue to familiarize themselves with this webpage.

Operational Implementation: On or about March 27, 2024 NWPS will become fully operational. While https://water.weather.gov/ was used for AHPS, NWPS will be implemented using the following URL, https://water.noaa.gov. The application currently present at https://water.noaa.gov will be replaced when NWPS is implemented. To support this transition, AHPS will continue operating for 60 days after NWPS is operationally implemented. After this time, all users will be redirected to https://water.noaa.gov.

Thank you for your close partnership with the NWS. We look forward to continuing to work with you as the NWS transforms into a more nimble, flexible, and mobile agency providing essential mission services to you and others.

If you have any questions about this change or the new NWPS website, please contact us at nws.louisville@noaa.gov or reach out to our Service Hydrologist, Andrea Schoettmer (andrea.schoettmer@noaa.gov).


FEMA to Compensate Schools, Hospitals for Adding Solar Panels After Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will compensate local and state governments for energy efficiency upgrades to school and hospital facilities in the wake of natural disasters, the agency announced Tuesday,

Under the new policy, FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program will offer funding for net-zero energy installations including solar panels and heat pumps for public facilities damaged by extreme weather and other disasters.

The Biden administration has set ambitious goals for the proliferation of renewable and net-zero energy. The announcement also comes as natural disasters, many of them intensified by climate change, have become more numerous and expensive. Last year, the U.S. experienced a record 28 disasters with damages of at least $1 billion, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). More than 80 disasters have been declared across FEMA’s 10 regions in January.

“As the increase of extreme weather hazards become more severe due to climate change, we need to adapt the way we are helping communities rebuild post-disaster,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said in a statement. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and the Inflation Reduction Act, FEMA will now cover the costs of net-zero energy projects since they are the single most effective measure FEMA can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate crisis.”

The federal government is the single biggest buyer of construction materials in the U.S., and construction is itself a major contributor to climate change. A 2023 report from the Rocky Mountain Institute estimated new residential construction alone results in more than 50 million tons of carbon emissions a year. Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced it will use Inflation Reduction Act grants to add solar panels to the Pentagon, one of the nation’s largest buildings.

FEMA’s Tuesday announcement comes a week after the agency announced it would expand aid eligibility for those affected by natural disasters, pointing to the increasingly visible effects of climate change. That rule expands eligibility for immediate cash assistance as well as establishing a new “displacement assistance” fund for people unable to return to their homes in the immediate wake of a disaster.


NWS Louisville Skywarn Training

The Skywarn Spotter training schedule has been updated at https://www.weather.gov/lmk/skywarn which includes several live virtual class offerings. To pre-register, follow the website link and pick a time that works best for you. All classes are free and open to all.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Mike Kochasic
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Louisville
www.weather.gov/louisville


NWS Launches Experimental National Water Prediction Service Website

By: Douglas Hilderbrand, Aware Editor
Access to water data and water prediction services from NOAA’s National Weather Service just got easier! The agency has unveiled a new experimental website called the National Water Prediction Service. This experimental website will act as the gateway to the agency’s water data and forecast information. The new site is mobile-friendly, modern, and efficient, and the infrastructure is intuitive and flexible, allowing users to make sound water decisions. The website centralizes data from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service and the Office of Water Prediction.


2024 Total Eclipse: Where & When

2024 Total Eclipse: Where & When – NASA Science


Save the Date: MSD Field Day 2024

Louisville MSD invites you to Field Day 2024! This annual event is an educational day for professionals in the construction and engineering industries to learn about various projects and receive updates from MSD.

This event will take place on May 21st from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

Registration opens on March 4th.

If you or your company would like to sponsor MSD Field Day 2024, contact Brett Clark at Brett.Clark@louisvillemsd.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Trent Winlock at robert.winlock@louisvillemsd.org.


 

New Actions Help Communities Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Build Back Stronger, Cleaner, and More Resilient Post-Disaster

FEMA has announced that the agency will expand funding to tackle the climate crisis, improve resilience and cut energy costs through net-zero projects.

For the first time, FEMA will fund net-zero energy projects, including solar, heat pumps, and efficient appliances, through its largest grant program—Public Assistance, which covers the rebuilding of schools, hospitals, fire stations, and other community infrastructure investments post-disasters. FEMA is also funding net-zero energy projects for its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), HMGP Post Fire and Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs and now offers incentives through its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) annual grant program to encourage more communities to use net-zero projects that increase community resilience.

These activities are enabled by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in clean energy and climate action in the history of the nation.

This follows the March 2023 announcement that FEMA will fund low-carbon construction materials three programs, as part of its work through the Federal Buy Clean Initiative.

FEMA funding net-zero projects will cut utility costs, increase energy reliability and reduce disaster-related costs for communities. Net-zero infrastructure and buildings are more resilient and can maintain comfort and safety in emergencies such as brown-outs, black-outs and extreme temperatures. Examples of eligible net-zero projects are solar microgrids, heat pumps, certified high-performance appliances and passive heating or cooling. States, tribes, and territories can now submit expenses for these activities for FEMA reimbursement.

For any federal disaster declared after Aug. 16, 2022, applicants may now use FEMA financial assistance for unobligated projects under these programs to take advantage of this opportunity through Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding. As of Jan. 30, more than 80 disasters have been declared across all 10 FEMA regions during this time.

In the BRIC Fiscal Year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity applicants receive additional points towards their overall score when taking advantage of these climate friendly materials and cleaner energy opportunities.

The built environment contributes to nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2023 alone, FEMA spent over $10 billion on rebuilding and hazard mitigation construction. The federal government is the single largest purchaser of construction materials in the United States.

Any community interested in introducing low-carbon materials or implementing net-zero energy projects can work directly with their point of contact at their FEMA region or reach out at FEMA-IRA-Implementation@fema.dhs.gov or fema-climate@fema.dhs.gov.


WARN Task Force Presents at the Emergency Management Association of Ohio Winter Conference

By: Jane Marie Wix, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

The Weather Awareness for a Rural Nation (WARN) Task Force was recently invited to speak at the Emergency Management Association of Ohio (EMAO) 2023 Winter Conference, which took place on December 7-8. The group talked about the work they are currently doing to better serve the Amish populations across the country. Ohio has the second-largest Amish population by state (2nd to Pennsylvania), growing by between 1,500 and 2,500 each year.

The group presented on the April 2020 tragic flooding incident in Bath County, KY, that became the catalyst for the WARN program. The presentation provided some insight into the Amish population and culture, as well as ways that the Task Force is working to improve weather communications and education in these communities. The WARN Task Force shared tools and resources via the WARN Amish Toolkit, which many of the emergency managers were very excited to have access to. A recording of their full 2023 NWA presentation can be found here and is highly recommended.
 

While the WARN Task Force has given multiple presentations over the past few years, this was the first time that the target audience was all emergency management. WARN is hoping that since many of these Ohio emergency managers are already familiar with and working with their Amish populations, this will become a great partnership for the Task Force moving forward, as well as a way to reach a large number of Amish across the state.

In related WARN news, The Budget Newspaper is a weekly publication based in Ohio which circulates nationally to almost all the Amish and Mennonite communities. In October of 2022, NWS members of the WARN Task Force began supplying weather articles for the newspaper after an invitation from the newspaper’s publisher, Milo Miller, who also realized that very little weather information was making it into these communities. The articles primarily focused on weather hazards pertinent to the time of year that they are being published, with a large emphasis on weather safety. These articles have been so popular amongst the readers that the Task Force was requested to start supplying the articles twice a month. Thanks to the EMAO Conference, several other Ohio WCMs were in attendance and eager to join the expanded effort to create these articles. A big thank you from the WARN Task
Force!

The public facing WARN Amish Toolkit contains documents created by the WARN Task Force. This is a great shared repository of information for working with the Amish that we hope to see grow as more and more NWS offices and emergency management become involved with their local Amish communities.


 

National Association of Wetland Managers Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting : Filling the Gaps & Embracing Change

June 17-20, 2024

National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, WV

Draft Agenda

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN!

We are preparing the agenda for NAWM’s 2024 Annual Meeting and are looking for some dynamic presentations to include. If you would like to submit an abstract to share useful findings, case studies, practices or tools relevant to state, tribal and other wetland practitioners, go to the Abstract Submission page (linked below) and follow the instructions for online submission.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 12, 2024

Abstract Submission

STATE AND TRIBAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

A limited number of scholarships are available to assist those in need to cover travel, lodging and/or registration costs to attend NAWM’s Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting. Our intent is to support as many people as possible with the limited amount of funding that we have. If you are able to cover some of your expenses, that will enable more of our colleagues to attend.

Submission Deadline: May 3, 2024

Learn More and Apply


 

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!


 

NEWS FROM KAMM PARTNERS


Mark your calendars!

2024 KY GIS CONFERENCE

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

More details to come!


WRN Ambassador News

Opportunity for Collaboration at the
2024
 Disasters Expo USA

  • Enhance your skills on how to better prepare, respond, and recover
  • Join NOAA speakers in Miami Beach
  • March 6 & 7, 2024
  • Tickets are available here. Use code MIAMI100 for free access.
 

2024 KSA Conference

Our 2024 Annual Conference planning is in full swing. The Conference will be held July 10-12, 2024 at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Kentucky. If you have general questions about the Conference or would like to join the Conference Planning Committee, reach out to Lindsie Nicholas (lnich521@gmail.com).


 

Join the Kentucky Emergency Management Association (KEMA) or renew. 

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: https://kyema.org/

 JOIN KEMA:  https://kyema.org/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=786250


 Educational Opportunities


Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program Certificate 

In 2024 the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management will be offering all the required courses to obtain the Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program Certificate from Texas A&M (TEEX).  More information on this certificate program can be found at: https://teex.org/program/infrastructure-protection/

The Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program will enrich your knowledge of and skills in critical infrastructure security and resilience. You will gain a broad understanding of homeland security infrastructure protection doctrine through an in-depth examination of key concepts and practices in capabilities-based and community-focused planning, integrated risk management, private-public partnerships, and whole community resilience strategies.

Once all five courses have been completed, participants must complete the Infrastructure Protection Certificate Application and return the form to the TEEX Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence division to receive their certificate.

The Required Courses are:

 

Check out our training calendar for more training https://tinyurl.com/j3we3vxn

William Ray Turner, CKEM
Office of Emergency Management Director
Campbell County Fiscal Court
O: 859-547-3150 ∙ F: 859-635-3132
http://www.campbellcountyky.gov


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

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness (AWR-213) course

This course will introduce participants to the key terms, policy, guidance, and preparedness efforts required to safeguard the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Participants will discuss the risk management framework, describe Federal critical infrastructure security and resilience and information sharing programs, and relate critical infrastructure programs to individual actions. Focus will be placed on local preparedness efforts as they relate to the national approach to critical infrastructure security and resilience, enabling stakeholders to address local planning within a common framework. Informed planning is consistent with accepted emergency management standards as the basis for planning across the mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

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

You can register online at: https://tinyurl.com/v4arz683   

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

Check out our training calendar for more training https://tinyurl.com/j3we3vxn


Campbell County Office of Emergency Management, Upcoming Training Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) course (AWR-407)

Drone Assessment and Response Tactics (DART) course (AWR-407): Campbell County, April 4th, 2024

This eight (8) hour DART course provides emergency personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to detect, identify, track, assess, respond, and report Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) activity.

Participants are presented with information on the current UAS criminal and terrorist threat, analog and electronic UAS detection techniques, and response tactics to address this threat.

This course includes performance-based field demonstrations and exercises where participants are presented with varying UAS types, their capabilities, and simulated UAS threats involving Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

This course is delivered by New Mexico Tech instructors. Course delivery and materials funding is provided by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

PARTICIPANT CRITERIA:

Public Safety (specifically law enforcement and fire), HazMat Teams, EMS, Transportation Agencies, local emergency planners, pertinent federal and state agencies, and other community stakeholders.

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

You can register online at: https://tinyurl.com/2p9pzsj4

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. 

FEMA SID site: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register

Check out our training calendar for more training https://tinyurl.com/j3we3vxn


Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Community Lifelines (MGT-414)

Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Community Lifelines (MGT-414) course being offered here in Campbell County on April 9th, 2024.

In this course participants will learn how to develop a roadmap for progress toward the National Preparedness Goal by facilitating the development of resilience considerations and involving essential community critical infrastructure partners. Participants will learn how to formulate considerations for the resilience of community assets that leverage cross-sector partnerships. These considerations enhance the whole community’s ability to manage the risk associated with critical infrastructure protection efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to practice the practical skills necessary to formulate considerations in the local community.

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

You can register online at: https://tinyurl.com/2cfxfmu8

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


Social Media Engagement Strategies (PER-343)

Campbell County on May 7th, 2024.

 This eight (8) hour course will prepare participants to engage individuals and volunteer organizations through social media, especially in the context of disaster preparedness and response. Social media engagement is often an enigma to most people, particularly in the public sector, because it is a different form of communication than most are accustomed. Through this course, participants will learn how to develop content that engages their audiences and turns their words into action throughout the disaster cycle. Participants will learn about social media engagement techniques, individual and organizational roles in crisis communication and Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST).

This Course is sponsored by the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management, and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. Delivered by the National Disaster Preparedness Center at the University of Hawaii.   All training delivered by the NDPTC is certified by DHS and offered tuition-free to the nation’s emergency response community and associated stakeholders.

Register online at:  https://tinyurl.com/2s3za7yu

For more information contact William R. Turner, CKEM at wturner@campbellcountyky.org


Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT 452) course

The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. This course encourages collaboration efforts among individuals and organizations responsible for both physical and cybersecurity toward development of integrated risk management strategies that lead to enhanced capabilities necessary for the protection of our Nation’s critical infrastructure. Participants will identify physical and cybersecurity concerns impacting overall infrastructure security posture, examine integrated physical and cybersecurity incidents and the evolving risks and impacts they pose to critical infrastructure, and explore resources that can be applied to improve security within an organization, business, or government entity.

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

You can register online at: https://tinyurl.com/5ffmajzp   

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

Check out our training calendar for more training https://tinyurl.com/j3we3vxn.

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Community Rating System Webinar 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.


Check out other Online Training

Link to Online Training.


 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 


FEMA Opens Applications for $324 Million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants Funding to Protect Firefighters and the Nation Against Fire-Related Hazards

Release Date: January 29, 2024

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced today the opening of the latest application period for the Fiscal Year 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which will award $324 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters nationwide against fire-related deaths and hazards.

During 2023, there were nearly 2,300 home fire fatalities in the United States, including 85 firefighters. To help keep communities and firefighters safer, FEMA is announcing new funding for critically needed resources to better equip and train emergency response personnel, enhance operational efficiencies, foster communications interoperability between emergency responders and support community risk reduction and resilience. In addition, these grants will provide direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations and state fire training academies. The application period will close on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET.

“As a former firefighter, I know the hazards and risks communities, fire departments and firefighters face, especially those that are under-resourced,” Administrator Criswell said. “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program continues to have a meaningful impact on our nation’s first responders and the communities that they serve, and this new round of funding can be crucial to a local fire department’s ability to acquire needed protective gear, equipment, training, or other assets to effectively protect lives and property. I encourage more communities across the nation to seize this opportunity to better protect the public and the first responders who serve them.”

“As a previous AFG grant awardee, I know the impact these dollars can make at the national, state, local, tribal and territorial level,” noted Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator.  

Over the years, AFG funds have had a big impact in communities around the nation, including supporting firefighters from Gloucester City, New Jersey, who saved a 14-year-old boy from drowning after he fell off a train trestle into swift water — thanks to Swiftwater Rescue Training and equipment paid for by an AFG grant. 

In Topeka, Kansas, a thermal imaging camera purchased with an AFG grant prevented two firefighters from falling through a compromised staircase while fighting a housefire. The Portland (Maine) Fire Department was able to send 50 of its members to the hospital for screening as part of an ongoing firefighter lung cancer study. A serious lung abnormality was found in one of the firefighters, fortunately, it was in an early stage and treatable. Without that early detection, it would have become untreatable and possibly fatal. These examples represent the impact these funds can have on communities and FEMA encourages more communities to apply. 

Since fiscal year 2001, the AFG has awarded approximately $8.4 billion in grants to provide critically needed resources to help keep firefighters and the public safe from fires and fire-related hazards. Although the available funding for FY 2023 AFG is $324 million, the total amount appropriated under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2023, Pub. L. No. 117 – 328 is $360 million. However, to meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act, $36 million (10%) of these “available grant funds” will be awarded later this year under the FY 2023 Fire Prevention and Safety program.  

This year’s AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity was released on Jan. 22, 2024. The funding notice and technical assistance documents for this program are available at www.grants.gov and on the FEMA website. Additional information about upcoming webinars to assist applicants is also available on the FEMA website.


Kentucky Watershed Network Seed Grants

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is pleased to announce our 2024-2026 Watershed Grants. This pilot program will provide seed grant funding assistance in all of Kentucky’s seven major river basins to organizations that are interested in doing their part to protect and restore their rivers, streams, and watersheds. Grant funding up to $4,000 will be awarded to at least one project per river basin. KWA is committed to supporting and empowering underserved communities and will utilize the EPA EJ screening tool in the grant award selection process.

 Projects must address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, which includes pollution that cannot be directly attributed to a distinct source. KWA grant funding can support stream cleanups, tree plantings, educational signage, water festivals, water quality sampling, rain gardens, rain barrels, and many more beneficial activities and best management practices. These are examples, but by no means an exhaustive list.

 Grant description, guidelines, and application can be found HERE.

 Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Laura Gregory, KWA’s Kentucky Watershed Network Director, to discuss your project or you can join KWA’s optional virtual seed grant workshops listed below.

Grant Timeline

  • 1/30/24 grant applications available
  • 2/8/24 3pm EST optional virtual grant workshop – sign up here
  • 2/13/24 7pm EST optional virtual grant workshop – sign up here
  • 2/29/24 grant applications due by 11:59pm
  • April 2024 grant awards announced
  • May 2024 awards distribution

Questions? Please contact Laura Gregory, Kentucky Waterways Alliance’s Watershed Program Director, at laura@kwalliance.org.


2024 AMLER Grant Funding Opportunity 

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is accepting applications in anticipation of receiving 2024 AMLER grant funding through April 8, 2024. In 2023, 14 applications were selected to receive $26.6 million in grant funding.

The AMLER program was established in 2016 by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) to help coal-producing states revitalize in the midst of the downturn of the coal industry. Over the last seven years, nearly $200 million has been awarded for 87 projects in 25 Eastern Kentucky counties. Once completed, these projects are expected to generate more than 3,000 new jobs for the region.

Each application must include details of its economic and community advantages along with a connection to pre-law coal mining (mining that was completed prior to May 18, 1982).

Division staff will be available to discuss grant proposals with potential applicants at the Abandoned Mine Lands regional offices on the following dates:

              February 13-14 at 3140 South Lake Drive, Suite 6, Prestonsburg, KY

Appointments can be scheduled here. A self-paced online workshop is also available here.

Previous successful grant applications include industrial development, workforce training, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, agritech and community wellness projects.

At the SOAR Summit in October, Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers (KY-05), represented by his district director, Carlos Cameron, announced the 2023 awardees, who received $26.6 million in AMLER grants for economic development projects in nine Eastern Kentucky counties. Projects selected for funding since the beginning of the program can be found here.

Information about the AMLER program can be found at AMLER or by contacting Jim Cable, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands director, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601. Office phone: 502-782-9913, e-mail: James.Cable@ky.gov.


 

Division of Water announces funding available for projects that clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater

Grant funding is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater, and for projects that protect water resources. Funds are provided through the EPA’s Nonpoint Source Program, and are distributed to states to support best management practices. 

“Nonpoint source pollution, also known as runoff pollution, is the number one contributor to water pollution in Kentucky,” said Joanna Ashford, manager of the division’s Watershed Management Branch. “The grants can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed plan development, and other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution.”

These funds can pay for up to 60 percent of the total cost for each project with a required 40 percent non-federal match. The division gives priority to projects that develop and implement watershed plans for impaired waters, source water protection areas, and special-use waters such as cold water aquatic habitat, state wild rivers and federal wild and scenic rivers with identified threats.

To determine stream designations in your area, visit The Kentucky Watershed Explorer.

Letters of intent to apply are optional but highly recommended and are due November 17, 2023. Project application forms must be submitted no later than February 9, 2024.  Division of Water staff will review the project applications and rank them according to eligibility and priority criteria.

A variety of organizations, from federal, state and local governments, to utilities, conservation districts, universities, and nonprofits are candidates for funding. To determine if your organization is eligible and to obtain the letter of intent form and other supporting documents, please visit the grant funding program page.

For more information, contact Michaela Lambert at 502-782-5282 or michaela.lambert@ky.gov.


FEMA announces $211 million in funding opportunities for Dam Safety Programs

On November 6, FEMA released two funding opportunities for the National Dam Safety Program. The total funding for the Rehabilitation of the High Hazard Potential Dams program and the National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program is approximately $211 million.

For convenience, we have included the direct links to each funding opportunity.

Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350857

National Dam Safety Program State Assistance Grant: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350858


Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant

The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) program provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for the rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. Applicants must be eligible, and eligible subrecipients are non-federal governments and non-profit organizations. This grant program is authorized and funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

For FY 2024 Fall funding opportunity, FEMA allocated around $185 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for this grant cycle.

Eligible high hazard potential dams are defined as non-federal dams:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency
  • Failing to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory or poses an unacceptable risk to the public

In a state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the State Administrative Agency, or an equivalent state agency, is eligible to apply for the HHPD grant.  Each eligible state may submit only one HHPD grant application.

Table 1: Funding available for Fiscal Year 2024 Fall HHPD Grant

FEMA Dam Safety Program

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam

Approximately $185 million

 

 

HHPD actions


Figure 1: Actions required for the Rehabilitation of a High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program

You are encouraged to apply if you meet all requirements stated within the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcements posted on Grants.gov.  Questions regarding these funding opportunities can be sent to FEMA-NDSP@fema.dhs.gov.


National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant

Another approximately $26 million is available through the National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program to establish and maintain effective state programs to ensure dam safety and protect human life and property. For FY2024 Fall funding opportunity, grants come from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

In a state or territory 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 applicants are encouraged to review the funding opportunities notices on Grants.gov and apply by the deadline on February 29, 2024.

Table 2: Funding available for the Fiscal Year 2024 Fall SA Grant

FEMA Dam Safety Program

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant

$26 million

For more information about the National Dam Safety Program, including information about these two dam safety programs, visit this FEMA webpage.

 

 

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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!


$74,217,000  in Funding Available to Kentucky from Investing in America Agenda to Clean Up Legacy Pollution and Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands

The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly $725 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is available to 22 states and the Navajo Nation to create good-paying jobs and catalyze economic opportunity by reclaiming abandoned coal mine lands. The law provides a total of $11.3 billion in abandoned mine land (AML) funding over 15 years, which will help communities clean up dangerous environmental conditions and pollution caused by past coal mining. This funding is expected to enable reclamation of the majority of current inventoried abandoned mine lands in this country.

This is the second allotment of funding through the program. Nearly $725 million was allocated in the first year. With this funding, states have started planning, hiring and construction, including on projects that will protect homes and infrastructure from subsidence and landslides, create new recreation opportunities, and clean up streams polluted with acid mine drainage.

“The Biden-Harris administration stands shoulder-to-shoulder with states and Tribal Nations in repairing the damage left by legacy coal mining,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Through the President’s Investing in America agenda, we are making the largest investment in abandoned mine reclamation in history, which will create good-paying jobs for current and former coal workers, help revitalize local economies, and advance environmental justice. These smart investments will build a cleaner, healthier and more just future for our children and grandchildren.”

“These historic investments are all part of the Administration’s all-of-government approach to support communities as they address the lingering impacts of extractive industries and transition to a clean energy future,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Laura Daniel-Davis. “To help address these dangerous hazards and toxic pollution that continues to have an impact on our communities, we encourage all eligible states and Tribes to submit grant applications.”

AML reclamation projects support vitally needed jobs by investing in projects that close dangerous mine shafts, reclaim unstable slopes, prevent releases of harmful gases including methane, improve water quality by treating acid mine drainage, and restore water supplies damaged by mining. AML reclamation projects also enable economic revitalization by rehabilitating hazardous land so that it can be used for recreational facilities or other economic redevelopment uses like advanced manufacturing and renewable energy deployment.

This funding opportunity advances the Biden-Harris administration’s unprecedented investments in communities and workers to support an equitable transition to a sustainable economy and healthier environment after the closure of mines or power plants. This effort also advances the President’s commitment to environmental justice and the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain climate and clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities.

The notice of funding opportunity follows the release of final guidance for how States and Tribes can apply for this historic funding. States and Tribes that apply for the funding are encouraged to:

  • Prioritize projects that invest in disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution, consistent with the President’s Justice40 Initiative.
  • Incorporate public review and comment into the selection of projects to be funded.
  • Prioritize eligible projects to maximize the amount of methane emissions that can be reduced.
  • Prioritize the employment of current and former coal industry workers.

Applications for the FY2023 BIL AML funds must be submitted in the GrantSolutions website.


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


PROGRAM UPDATES


Mapping Information Platform Users Update

FEMA made an update to the processing of MT-2 cases (Conditional Letters of Map Revision, CLOMRs & Letters of Map Revision, LOMRs) within the state of Kentucky. MT-2 cases received within the state of Kentucky will now be managed by the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet (KEEC). All MT-2 cases received within the state of Kentucky that are submitted through the Online Letter of Map Change portal will automatically be routed to the KEEC for processing.

Paper forms and fees, including the FEMA Payment Information Form, can be mailed to:

Kentucky Division of Water
300 Sower Blvd
Frankfort KY 40601

ATTN: LOMR Program

For additional information, please email LOMR.KYHelp@ky.gov

Risk MAP IT Help email: FEMA-RiskMAP-ITHelp@fema.dhs.gov 

Risk MAP IT Help website: Risk MAP IT Help page


DOW LOMR Review

Starting on January 1, the Division of Water (DOW) will be a LOMR Review Partner with FEMA. 

The LOMR Review Program delegates select agencies across the country the responsibility of performing the technical review function for Letters of Map Revision (LOMRs) and Conditional Letters of Map Revision (CLOMRs) in their local community on behalf of FEMA.  To date, there are only a few other agencies across the country who have been selected to participate.

This LOMR Review is a great opportunity for Kentucky as it allows us to connect our mapping efforts (Risk MAP updates) with our floodplain management (Permitting).  With LOMR Review, the DOW management team is now able to ensure that permits that require LOMRs upon completion are submitted so that the maps can be updated to reflect the changes that were made.  This in turn will help keep KY floodplain maps up to date as we go along, allowing you as the local floodplain managers to make decisions with the best available maps.  Additionally, this also will allow property owners, developers, and communities to interact with DOW and their mapping partners on LOMRs, rather than with FEMA, helping to ensure that this process is smooth and easy for everyone.

One thing to note with this is that it applies ONLY to LOMRs and CLOMRs.  Other map change requests such as Physical Map Revisions (PMRs), Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs), and Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-Fs) will continue to be reviewed by FEMA.


 

Updates to 2 CFR: Build America, Buy America Act

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has revised its guidance in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR) to add a new part 184 and revise 2 CFR § 200.322. The new part 184 provides guidance to federal agencies on how to apply the domestic content procurement preference as set forth in the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) to federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects.

This new part 184 includes:

Definitions for key terms, including iron or steel products, manufactured products, construction materials, and materials identified in section 70917(c) of BABAA;
Guidance for determining the cost of components of manufactured products; and
Guidance on proposing and issuing Buy America waivers.

The revised provision in 2 CFR § 200.322 specifies that federal agencies providing federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects must implement the BABAA requirements set forth in 2 CFR part 184.

OMB has also issued OMB Memorandum M-24-02, Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure, to replace OMB Memorandum M–22–11, Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure. The updates in OMB Memorandum M-24-02 remove direct conflicts between OMB Memorandum M–22–11 and the revised guidance in 2 CFR Part 184.

Effective Date of this Part:

The new part 184 and the revisions at 2 CFR § 200.322 are effective for infrastructure projects under subject FEMA awards issued on or after Oct. 23, 2023. The effective date of OMB Memorandum M-24-02 is also Oct. 23, 2023.

Subject FEMA awards issued from Jan. 2, 2023, through Oct. 22, 2023, will continue to follow the guidance outlined in OMB Memorandum M-22-11.

Additional Resources:

For additional information on the BABAA requirements, please visit “Buy America” Preference in FEMA Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure | FEMA.gov.

Note: Not all FEMA financial assistance programs are subject to BABAA. Currently the disaster financial assistance programs not subject to the requirements include, but are not limited to, the Public Assistance Program (PA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Individual Assistance (IA), and Fire Mitigation Assistance Grant (FMAG) programs. For a full list of FEMA programs not subject to BABAA, please visit- Programs and Definitions: Build America, Buy America Act | FEMA.gov.

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FY22-29 NEHRP Strategic Plan 

Over the past three years, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program — composed of the National Institute of Science and Technology, National Science Foundation, United States Geological Survey and FEMA— collaborated to produce a Strategic Plan. This legislative requirement is now final after Office of Management and Budget clearance.

The plan can be found on  NEHRP.gov.  NEHRP will now use the document to create a management plan.


FEMA Releases NFIP Technical Bulletin 10 

FEMA is pleased to announce the release of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Technical Bulletin 10, Reasonably Safe from Flooding Requirement for Building on Filled Land Removed From the Special Flood Hazard Area in Accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (TB 10). This publication is the latest update to the NFIP Technical Bulletin series.

TB 10 provides guidance on the NFIP requirements related to determining that buildings constructed on filled land will be reasonably safe from flooding. Guidance is provided for the placement of fill and the parameters for the design and construction of buildings on filled land that has been removed from the Special Flood Hazard Area through the flood map revision process managed by FEMA.

The major updates in TB 10 include:

  • The title has been updated. It was previously Ensuring That Structures Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas Are Reasonably Safe From Flooding in Accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • The intent of TB 10, and when it is appropriate to use TB 10, has been clarified.
  • Increased emphasis on documentation needed for a local official to make the “reasonably safe from flooding” determination.
  • Additional best practices are provided.
  • Grouped and reorganization of the content discussing the Technical Approaches to Seepage Analysis in Section 9.

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


The National Floodplain Function Alliance Wetland Mapping Consortium Strategies and Action Plan for Protecting and Restoring Wetland and Floodplain Functions

Final Report Now Available!

Since 2017, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation has collaborated with the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), the National Floodplain Functions Alliance, and the Wetland Mapping Consortium to provide funding and active participation in a series of four workshops, the focus of which was to:

 “Improve floodplain mapping integrating geospatial data being developed and used by the wetland mapping community to identify wetland and floodplain functions.”

Each of the first three workshops had a targeted discussion topic, which attendees discussed at length, offering their professional insights and informed opinions. 

  • The first workshop – conducted in 2018 was titled “Exploring Opportunities for Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands.”
  • The second workshop – conducted in 2019 was titled “Data Needs, GAPS and Interoperability for Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands.”
  • The third workshop – conducted in 2021 was titled “Federal Program and Policy Changes Needed to Advance Integrated Functional Mapping of Floodplain and Wetlands for Nature – Based Solutions.”

The final workshop, which convened in 2022, was a culmination of discussions during the first three workshops, and resulted in the development of strategies and actions, which were memorialized in the January 2023 final report, titled “Strategies and an Action Plan for Protecting and Restoring Wetland and Floodplain Functions.”  The final report and summary workshops reports are available on the Reports and Publications page of the ASFPM Foundation website.

ASFPM Foundation Mission Statement

Serve as the catalyst for ASFPM, its Chapters, and members to advance research, projects, education and policy initiatives, that promote reduced flood risk and resilient communities.

For more information about the National Floodplain Function Alliance Wetland Mapping Consortium, please visit website or contact Brad Anderson, ASFPM Foundation Projects Chair, at Brad.Anderson@acewater.com.


Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program

An in-depth guide addressing frequently asked questions about the NFIP. This resource includes valuable information about flood insurance policies, what to do before and after a flood, flood maps, flood mitigation actions and more.

Click NFIP Question & Answer to download the publication.

 

 

 


 

PUBLICATIONS, RESOURCES, & MOBILE TOOLS

 


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 

 

B-526 CoverFEMA’s Earthquake & Wind Programs Branch, along with the National Earthquake and Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP), is excited to announce the updated Earthquake Safety Checklist (FEMA B-526). The checklist acts as a reference guide that helps individuals and families prepare for an earthquake event and prevent earthquake-related damage.

FEMA B-526 lists several steps to take in the event of an earthquake to mitigate damage and risk to people and property.

The checklist includes all necessary items to keep on hand in the case of an earthquake such as flashlights, spare batteries, water, first aid kits, battery-powered radios, etc.

Included is an earthquake hazard hunt to help individuals identify potential dangers in the home by conducting a search for specific hazards such as:

  • Tall, heavy furniture that can topple over in the event of an earthquake
  • Appliances that could move to rupture gas or electric lines
  • Hanging plants in heavy pots
  • Heavy picture frames or mirrors
  • Flammable liquids

There are step-by-step instructions for a family earthquake drill. FEMA B-526 references the Great ShakeOut and practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the event of an earthquake.

The checklist highlights ways to protect yourself and others from an earthquake in various environments including in a home, outdoors, in your car, in public transportation, or trapped under fallen debris. It also describes steps to take after the ground stops shaking and post-earthquake hazards that may occur.

The checklist includes several available resources to prepare oneself for an earthquake event.

For additional resources on earthquakes, visit:

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/fema_earthquake_earthquake-home-hazard-hunt-poster-fema-528.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/fema_earthquakes_fema-p-530-earthquake-safety-at-home-march-2020.pdf

https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-11/are-you-ready-guide.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_building-codes-toolkit.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/earthquake/insurance

https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes


FEMA Releases Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers

FEMA is releasing “Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers.” Developed in coordination with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), this document provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers with foundational knowledge of cyber incidents to increase cyber preparedness efforts in their jurisdictions.

Key aspects of cyber incident preparedness included in the document are:

  • Understanding the types of cyber incidents likely to occur;
  • Engaging service owners and operators;
  • Identifying cyber dependent critical services and related dependencies;
  • Prioritizing and planning for service and system disruptions;
  • Identifying roles and responsibilities;
  • Providing integrated communication and public messaging; and
  • Developing a cyber incident response plan.

FEMA, in cooperation with CISA, will host several 60-minute webinars to provide an overview of the guide and supporting materials.

To download guide and supporting materials, and learn more about the webinar sessions, please visit the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/national-preparedness/plan.


FEMA releases Information Sharing Guide for Private-Public Partnerships

The Information Sharing Guide for Private-Public Partnerships provides recommendations and resources for any private-public partnership (P3) to develop, conduct, and improve the capability to share information for resilience and all response and recovery.

To download the document please visit FEMA.gov.

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Economic Revitalization Guide for CDBG-DR Grantees

 
Date Published: August 2023

 

Description

The Economic Revitalization Guide provides Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees with the tools and resources to design and implement economic revitalization activities that promote economic recovery after a disaster, improve long-term economic resilience, and address the needs of underserved communities.

Part I of the Guide provides an overview of effective economic development strategies and offers recommendations for how CDBG-DR grantees can align disaster recovery activities with broader local and regional strategies.

Part II of the Guide presents case studies on the use of CDBG-DR funds by existing grantees to enhance the quality of life in underserved communities by supporting local businesses, driving job growth and training residents to access quality jobs.

Resource Links

 


 

FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program Releases the 2023 Research Summit Report

research summit

In February 2023, FEMA hosted the 2023 National Dam Safety Research Summit in Washington, DC. The research summit had 55 attendees from 39 different federal and state agencies and industry partners in attendance. The group was divided into three tracks while taking into consideration a host of topics that fell into a cross-cutting category. The three tracks were:

  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H)
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural and Safety & Security

The two-day summit culminated in the production of 30+ draft project scopes that are outlined in the newly released Research Summit Report. This report summarizes each phase of the process taken to identify these priorities and projects.

The mission of the Research Summit was to evaluate near-term industry needs for dam safety and to outline a path forward for the future. This event provided a venue to bring the key dam safety industry research leaders from across the United States and from all sectors (federal, state, academia, and industry partners). The objectives lined out prior to the summit were as follows:

  • Identify firm and defined research deliverables funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that must be completed in a three-year cycle.
  • Identify and forecast future research needs for long-term execution. For each research need, develop a description, justification, and pathway to move those ideas forward.

Download the 2023 National Dam Safety Summit Report and see the 31 projects to begin in FY23-25.


ASCE Releases Flood Supplement for ASCE 7-22

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a new supplement to the 2022 edition of its widely used standard titled ASCE/SEI 7: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-22). The release of the ASCE 7-22 supplement (2) on flood loads marks a milestone in advancing flood-resilient building design. It focuses on flood load provisions and introduces significant improvements to enhance the resilience of buildings against extreme flood events. This update surpasses the previous edition, which primarily focused on the 100-year flood hazard, by implementing minimum recurrence intervals of 500-, 750-, and 1000-years to improve structure reliability throughout its design life.

The new supplement adopts risk-based approaches and aligns with the prevailing trend of using higher minimum recurrence intervals to enhance building design resilience. The supplement ensures flood load calculation consistency with other hazards addressed in the standard, such as wind and seismic design, which also use higher recurrence intervals for load calculations.

Noteworthy technical updates within the supplement include revised minimum design requirements, which incorporate sea level change and adjustments to the calculations of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads (such as velocity and scour), wave loads, debris loads, flood load cases, load combinations and stability checks. These updates reflect a departure from previous versions of ASCE 7 and signify society’s commitment to integrating climate data into its standards.

In conclusion, the new ASCE 7-22 Supplement 2 on flood loads represents a significant advancement in flood-resilient building design. By embracing the 500-year flood hazard area and incorporating risk-based approaches, the supplement enhances the safety and reliability of structures, instilling confidence in residents and businesses facing weather-related challenges. The release of this supplement as a free download reflects ASCE’s commitment to disseminating vital engineering knowledge and promoting the highest standards in the industry.


FEMA Releases the First Two Modules in the Building Code Playbook Video Series

BC Adoption Playbook Cover

 

The Building Code Playbook Video Series offers a more in-depth look at topics covered in the Building Codes Adoption Playbook for Authorities Having Jurisdiction to help communities learn more about building codes and how they can improve their natural hazard resilience.

The video series will provide guidance to Authorities Having Jurisdiction who are considering adoption of the most current model building codes to mitigate damage and loss caused by future natural hazards. By adapting the playbook into a video series, FEMA will be able to better provide general knowledge on the importance of building codes, steps to adopt and enforce them, information on FEMA grants and references to additional resources.

The first two released are:

The video series is anticipated to have nine modules in total, the remainder to be released later this year.


FEMA Releases Eight New Guidance Publications About Wildfire

On Dec. 30, 2021, the Marshall Fire swept through the City of Louisville, the Town of Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County. The fire burned across exceptionally dry grassland, fanned by hurricane-force winds, resulting in the most destructive fire in state history, destroying and damaging more than 1,000 homes and over 30 commercial structures. The damage to communities resulting from the combination of these hazards (i.e., drought, wind, and wildfire) demonstrated the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to wildfire mitigation.

FEMA’s Building Science Disaster Support Program (BSDS) deployed its first-ever wildfire Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) to evaluate building performance during the fire. Team members evaluated components and systems of primarily residential structures to determine the effectiveness of various building materials, design, and construction practices for wildfire resiliency.

The team used the information gathered to evaluate how wildfire-urban interface (WUI) building codes and standards and how design, construction, and defensible space practices can be improved to increase community wildfire resilience.

FEMA has released eight new wildfire publications to assist planners, local land management personnel, builders, and property owners in how to identify how wildfires interact with other natural hazards and strategies to mitigate wildfire and post-wildfire impacts.

Covers of the eight MAT products

  • Marshall Fire MAT: Mitigation Strategies to Address Multi-Hazard Events
  • The information in this document can be used to guide the incorporation of site-based wildfire mitigation strategies into planning, community siting and zoning requirements. This document can also guide the adoption of proactive planning, development and maintenance strategies that can minimize future risk of multi-hazard events.
  • Marshall Fire MAT: Best Practices for Wildfire-Resilient Subdivision Planning 
  • This document provides builders/contractors, planning professionals, Homeowners Associations, and local land resource managers with information about wildfire resiliency planning and open-space management policies, best practices, and procedures at subdivision- and neighborhood scales.
  • Decreasing Risk of Structure-to-Structure Fire Spread in a Wildfire
  • The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations to contractors and designers on new building construction that may prevent or slow the spread of a fire from structure-to-structure in densely spaced neighborhoods.
  • Wildfire-Resilient Detailing, Joint Systems and Interfaces of Building Components
  • This document provides information on ways to reduce the vulnerability of residential structures to wildfire ignition due to windborne embers, hot gases, and flames penetrating common detailing joints and building component interfaces that exist throughout the exterior envelope of a building. While the primary focus of this document is to provide guidance on retrofitting existing residential homes, many of the recommendations for increasing wildfire resiliency of common details, joint systems, and building component interfaces would also be applicable to new construction and commercial buildings.
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Wildfire Risk Through Defensible Space
  • This document provides homeowners with steps they can take now to protect their homes from loss or damage from wildfires due to vulnerabilities introduced by surrounding landscaping and other exterior features (e.g., outbuildings, sheds, furniture, and trash bins) within the homeowner’s property. The goal is to increase homeowner awareness of the key mechanisms and characteristics of Wildfire and the Wildland Urban Interface fires that can result in home ignition.
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Risk of Structure Ignition from Wildfire
  • This document provides homeowners with steps they can take now to decrease the likelihood their homes will ignite due to direct flame contact, ember intrusion, or hot gases from wildfires at various physical vulnerabilities throughout the exterior envelope of the house. Specifically, it provides information about some measures that homeowners can take to address vulnerabilities at joints, gaps, vents, and attachments such as decks and fences.
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Risk Reduction and Remediation of Residential Smoke Damage
  • The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations to homeowners for pre-wildfire measures to help reduce the risk of smoke damage and do-it-yourself steps that homeowners can take to remediate light to moderate smoke damage. This document also includes recommendations for selecting and monitoring a professional cleaning services contractor for heavy smoke damage.
  • Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Marshall Fire Building Performance, Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance (FEMA P-2320)
  • The objective of this MAT report is to provide actionable recommendations to improve residential building performance under wildfire conflagration conditions. It describes the MAT’s observations during the field deployments, draws conclusions based on those observations, and provides recommendations for actions that property owners can take to help increase the resiliency of their homes and neighborhoods to future wildfires. It also provides recommendations that local government officials, planners, builders, design professionals, and homeowners’ associations can implement to reduce the potential impacts of wildfires on communities and improve their resilience.

These guidance documents are important for moving forward, as the landscape is continuously evolving due to climate change and putting more communities at risk. With the work that FEMA has put in, the intent is that these documents can also guide the adoption of proactive planning, development and maintenance strategies that can minimize future risk of multi-hazard events.

For additional information, please visit: www.fema.gov/bsds


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.


New FEMA Building ScienceResources!

For Children:

Building Codes Activity BookThis activity book helps children learn more about how building codes help protect our communities against natural hazards. By using natural hazard-resistant building codes, communities are better prepared for events such as earthquakes, storms, floods, or fires.

Earthquake:

FEMA P-366, Hazus Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United StatesFEMA P-366 highlights the impacts of both high hazard and high exposure on losses caused by earthquakes. The study is based on loss estimates generated by Hazus, a geographic information system (GIS)-based earthquake loss estimation tool developed by FEMA.

Wildfire:

Decreasing Risk of Structure-to-Structure Fire Spread in a WildfireThis document provides recommendations to contractors and designers on new building construction that may prevent or slow the spread of a fire from structure-to-structure in densely-spaced neighborhoods.

Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Risk of Structure Ignition from WildfireThis document provides homeowners with steps they can take now to decrease the likelihood their homes will ignite due to direct flame contact, ember intrusion, or hot gases from wildfires at various physical vulnerabilities throughout the exterior envelope of the house. 

Wildfire-Resilient Detailing, Joint Systems and Interfaces of Building ComponentsThis document provides information on ways to reduce the vulnerability of residential structures to wildfire ignition due to windborne embers, hot gases, and flames penetrating common detailing joints and building component interfaces that exist throughout the exterior envelope of a building.

Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Wildfire Risk Through Defensible SpaceThis document provides homeowners with steps they can take now to protect their homes from loss or damage from wildfires due to vulnerabilities introduced by surrounding landscaping and other exterior features within the homeowner’s property.

Homeowner’s Guide to Risk Reduction and Remediation of Residential Smoke DamageThis document provides recommendations to homeowners for pre-wildfire measures to help reduce the risk of smoke damage and do-it-yourself (DIY) steps that homeowners can take to remediate light to moderate smoke damage.

Marshall Fire MAT: Best Practices for Wildfire-Resilient Subdivision PlanningThis document provides builders/contractors, planning professionals, HOAs, and local land resource managers with information about wildfire resiliency planning and open-space management policies, best practices, and procedures at subdivision- and neighborhood-scales.

Marshall Fire MAT: Mitigation Strategies to Address Multi-Hazard Events: This document is intended to help planners, developers, local land management personnel and private property owners identify how wildfires interact with other natural hazards and mitigate the impact of these multi-hazard events.

Hurricane:

Hurricane Ida DRRA Section 1206 Implementation Case Study: This study reviews the implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1206 Policy implemented after Hurricane Ida in Louisiana (DR-4611) and shares the lessons learned for future state, local, tribal, and territorial governments looking to implement this type of project.

Building the Case for Open Space (Foundations)This guidance compares the two predominant construction foundation systems available in South Louisiana and provides greater detail regarding their costs, impacts, and advantages.

New Videos:

New Building Code Adoption Playbook Videos

New On-Demand Training for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards


National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years
2024 -2029

 

FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) just released the Fiscal Year 2024-2029 National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan.

Developed in partnership with the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) and the National Dam Safety Review Board (NDSRB), this five-year strategy focuses on results for the NDSP to reduce risks to life, property, and the environment from dam failure by guiding public policy and leveraging industry best practices across the dam safety community.

It also builds the foundation for what the program will look like in five years to ensure the benefits and risks of dams are understood and managed equitably, enhancing public safety, national security, and the environment while adapting to climate change.

NDSP is a partnership of states, federal agencies and other stakeholders to encourage and promote the establishment and maintenance of effective federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risk to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

The program has two advisory committees to include: ICODS and the NDSRB.

ICODS was founded in 1980 to encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective federal programs, policies, and guidelines to enhance dam safety and security. The committee serves as the permanent forum for the coordination of federal activities in dam safety and security. FEMA also chairs this committee. ICODS membership includes representatives from the following federal agencies:

  • FEMA
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • Department of Labor/Mine Safety and Health Administration (DOL – MSHA)
  • U.S. Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

NDSRB advises FEMA’s Administrator in setting national dam safety priorities and considers the effects of national policy issues affecting dam safety. Review Board members include FEMA, the Chair of the Board, representatives from four federal agencies that serve on ICODS, five state dam safety officials, and one member from the private sector. NDSRB membership includes representatives from the following federal agencies:

  • FEMA
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS)
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • Five Rotating State Representatives
  • Private Sector Representative

To view/download the National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2024 -2029, visit: National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan (fema.gov)


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.


FEMA Releases Updated Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook is a plain-language tool to help local governments develop or update hazard mitigation plans. It gives guidance, case studies, definitions and resources that help make mitigation planning easier.  

Hazard mitigation plans are blueprints to build resilient communities. Plans pinpoint natural hazard risks and vulnerabilities in the planning area. Then planners develop strategies to reduce these risks and vulnerabilities.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Process

On April 19, 2023, the new Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guide went into effect. The updated Handbook provides more details on ways to develop mitigation plans that meet the policy and regulatory requirements.  

Updates to the Handbook include new material on how to plan for climate change and other future conditions. The Handbook also covers how to create more equitable outcomes through mitigation planning. The Handbook is a resource anyone can use. It is great for local governments and planning teams with any level of knowledge.

FEMA’s National Mitigation Planning Program supports state, local, tribal and territory governments with risk-based mitigation planning to reduce or eliminate risks to life and property from natural hazards. The program focuses on building resilience through early and often stakeholder engagement, integration with community planning, and implementation of mitigation actions. For more information, visit Hazard Mitigation Planning | FEMA.gov.


FEMA releases Third Edition of the Building Codes Toolkit for Homeowners and Occupants

The Building Codes Toolkit offers basic guidance and tools to help homeowners and occupants learn about building codes and how they can make their homes more resilient against natural hazards.

This version of the FEMA Building Codes Toolkit includes updates to documents from the previous editions of the Toolkit, as well as new documents that will help readers better understand building codes and how they work.

The Toolkit can be read as one publication or a series of separate documents to give readers information specific to their needs.

Step-by-step guidance and background information are provided to help readers make informed decisions about building codes. Readers will also learn the importance of building codes and how to ensure they are incorporated into their building or project.

The FEMA Building Codes Toolkit can help homeowners and occupants become one step closer to living in a safer and more resilient community.

Learn more about how you can support the adoption and use of natural hazard-resistant building codes and standards: Building Science Resource Library | FEMA.gov


FEMA-USGS Study Highlights Economic Earthquake Risk in the United States

Download the study: FEMA_p366 Hazus Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses United States

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Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $14.7 billion annually in building damage and associated losses according to a new report published jointly by the FEMA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the annual Seismological Society of America meeting.  The new estimate represents a twofold growth over previous estimates due to increased building value, incorporation of the latest hazard and improvements in building inventory. 

April 18 marks 117 years since the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. A repeat of such an event today could cost more than $165 billion in building loss alone. 

As compared to the previous studies in 2001, 2008 and 2017, the estimated ratio of building loss to overall building value has consistently decreased throughout the western states indicating progress in reducing building vulnerability thanks to the efforts of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) partner agencies.  

Estimating the varying degree of earthquake risk is a priority of NEHRP and critical for informed decision making on mitigation policies, priorities, strategies, and funding levels in the public and private sectors. USGS science on earthquake hazards and FEMA’s latest Hazus 6.0 loss estimation software release were critical components of this analysis. This update includes a significant nationwide effort to improve earthquake hazard data and the baseline building exposure data now valued at $107.8 trillion that benefited from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) National Structure Inventory

Although most economic loss is concentrated along the west coast, the distribution of relative earthquake risk, as measured by the Annualized Earthquake Loss Ratio (AELR), is spread throughout the country and it reinforces the fact that earthquakes are a national problem. The AELR expresses estimated annualized loss as a fraction of the building inventory replacement value as shown in figure above. 

Annualized loss is derived from combining earthquake hazard, building exposure, and vulnerability, and thus it represents a long-term average; however, the recent earthquake sequence in Türkiye and Syria has further highlighted the extent of sudden and catastrophic impacts from large earthquakes.


FEMA Releases the Updated Wind Retrofit Guide (FEMA P-804)

FEMA is pleased to announce the updated release of FEMA P-804, Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings in Hurricane-Prone Regions available at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/building-science/publications.

FEMA P-804 summarizes the technical information needed for selecting and implementing cost-effective wind retrofit projects for existing one- and two-family dwellings in the hurricane-prone region of the US and its territories. The 2nd Edition of FEMA P-804 (last published in 2010) provides clarified and updated guidance based on lessons learned over the past 13 years of post-hurricane damage assessments and advances in wind engineering. Although this publication references guidance for one- and two-family dwellings in the hurricane-prone region, much of this guidance could also be applicable to non-coastal areas subject to high winds.

FEMA P-804 continues to present mitigation measures in three successive Mitigation Packages: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Key changes to FEMA P-804 include:

  • The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) 2020 FORTIFIED Home Standard (IBHS, 2020) is being used as a reference.
  • The FEMA P-804 Mitigation Package requirements have been updated to meet or exceed the criteria of the respective 2020 FORTIFIED HomeTM Hurricane designations for existing homes.
  • Any additional FEMA requirements which are more conservative than FORTIFIED 2020 will be noted to be “FEMA Grant Requirements.”

FEMA P-804 references the latest edition of ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI 7-22) and the soon to be published 2024 model building codes from the International Code Council (expected summer 2024).

While this publication outlines minimum technical and performance-based grant requirements for wind retrofits, refer to the latest edition of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide (HMA Guide) for the most current FEMA policy statement on residential wind retrofit and HMA grants implementation requirements. See: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation-assistance-guidance

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


Report Explores Three Ways to Transform Flood Risk Management

The latest report in the Rethinking Flood series from Marsh McLennan, Staying Above Water: A Systemic Response to Rising Flood Risk explores how the transformation of flood risk management can play out along three ways forward: Living with floods, building strategic protection, and preparing for relocation. 

Staying Above Water: A Systemic Response to Rising Flood Risk Underpinned by new data from the Marsh McLennan Flood Risk Index, the report first discusses risk drivers, escalating impacts, and inadequacies of current risk management strategies — offering a strong rationale for urgent action. It then sets out guiding principles for resilience and presents examples of innovative strategies from different geographies to illustrate how the transformation can be realized. The report concludes with a call to action by proposing concrete steps to overcome inertia and mobilize stakeholder action by leveraging critical enablers across governance and risk culture, land use and infrastructure, finance, and insurance.

Download Staying Above Water: A Systemic Response to Rising Flood Risk.  

Catch up on previous reports in the series:

Sunk Costs: The Socioeconomic Impacts of Flooding is the first report in the series, analyzing the current state of flood risk globally, its economic and societal consequences, and the role of insurance in protecting the most vulnerable.

Preparing for a Wetter World: Strategies for Corporate Flood Resilience explores the implications of flood risk for businesses and discusses how firms can reimagine their approach to flood risk management in the context of climate change, growing business complexity, and stakeholder management.


Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions

FEMA published a new report: Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions. It highlights five key strategies for implementing successful nature-based solution projects to advance natural hazard mitigation and climate adaptation: 

  • Building Strong Partnerships
  • Engaging the Whole Community
  • Matching Project Size With Desired Goals and Benefits
  • Maximizing Benefits
  • Designing for the Future

Download here


New Elevation Certificate Fact Sheet

Last month FEMA published a new Elevation Certificate fact sheet for property owners. This fact sheet explains how an Elevation Certificate is useful in the new Risk Rating 2.0 insurance premium rating methodology, how it is used for construction and regulatory purposes, and how to obtain an Elevation Certificate. Download fact sheet


Resilience Matters from Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Island Press e-book offers climate resilient solutions for building a greener, fairer future

For those who care about sustainability and equity, 2022 brought plenty of good news. Through the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, American Rescue Plan, and the Biden Administration’s Justice40 initiative, money is—finally—flowing to climate change mitigation and resilience in hard-hit communities.

But the devil, as they say, is in the details. Now that more funding is available, it’s important to make sure it is spent wisely and goes where it’s needed most. In 2022, contributors to the Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) dug into the details, devising concrete plans for collective action to build a greener, fairer future. Those ideas—originally published as articles, op-eds, and interviews—have now been collected in the latest edition of our e-book series Resilience Matters, available below at no cost.   

Download Resilience Matters: Resilience Matters: Collective Action for Healthier Communities


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.


What is 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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