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Join KAMM – 2024

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

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

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2024 Annual Conference 

 

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

 

         Convention Center
         Owensboro KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstracts have been reviewed and the speaker line-up
is in development! Stay tuned for updates…
conference registration, draft agenda, lodging, and
mitigation award nominations will open in early July!

 

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Announcing KAMM’s 2024 Community Mitigation
Grant Opportunity

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

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

Community Grant Funding

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

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

Submit an Application

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

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

Link to application: KAMM 2024 Community Grant Application


 

Mitigation News

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review the BCA policy updates by visiting FEMA.gov.


 

FEMA Seeks National Resilience Guidance Input

FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft National Resilience Guidance, beginning April 23. National resilience is a complex topic and building it requires whole community effort.

This Guidance will help everyone understand and fulfil their critical roles related to increasing national resilience.

  National Resilience Guidance Draft Cover

With the goal of increasing community and national resilience, the Guidance:

  • Promotes a common understanding of resilience.
  • Emphasizes the critical relationship between chronic community stressors and shocks.
  • Addresses the roles of all stakeholders.
  • Provides an actionable approach to resilience planning and implementation.
  • Incorporates a community resilience maturity model that walks through concrete steps to build resilience.

FEMA will host a series of four 60-minute webinar sessions in May to provide an overview of the National Resilience Guidance and gather feedback from whole community partners. The sessions will include facilitated discussions with stakeholders to help improve the existing draft. FEMA seeks input – especially real-world case studies – that can be incorporated into the Guidance and supporting supplemental materials also under development. In addition, a line-numbered version of the draft guide is available to allow individuals to provide comments on specific areas within the document. This national engagement period will conclude on May 23, 2024.

To review the document and learn more about the webinar sessions, please visit the FEMA website at National Resilience Guidance | FEMA.gov.


KWA Wild & Scenic Red River Fest

May 18-19: Join KWA in beautiful Clay City for live music all day, a fun float on the Red River, vendors, environmental education, rock climbing, cornhole tournament, and more! Don’t miss our Water Tent where environmental oganizations will offer interactive activities and workshops, including the opportunity to become a certified water sampler. See the complete schedule of events HERE. This is FREE festival, however there is a fee for the Fun Float registration and kayak rental.


KWA Commonwealth Sweep

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

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

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

Join a KWA Commonwealth Sweep

  • Upper Cumberland River Basin on June 8 with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE.
  • Kentucky River Basin on July 13 with Red Oaks Forest School
  • Green River Basin on July 20 with Warren County Stormwater
  • Big Sandy River Basin on August 18 with Big Sandy Watershed Watch, Concerned Citizens of Martin County, and LiKEN
  • Four Rivers Basin on September 14 with Hancock Biological Station

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Read more…


UK’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences Honors Distinguished Alumnus Carey Johnson

The University of Kentucky’s Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Plant and Soil Sciences recently honored Carey Johnson with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Johnson is a highly regarded environmental scientist who has significantly contributed to public service in Kentucky. Carey is also a founding member of KAMM and currently serves as Chair Emeritus on the KAMM Board of Directors.

The seminar, “The Value of Water Through the Lens of a Public Servant: How a Plant & Soil Science Degree Can Get You There,” pays tribute to Johnson’s career and shares his experiences within the Kentucky Government. The department offers access to the seminar here via Zoom.

Congratulations, Carey!

 


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 is open !

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.


Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Green and white ARRI (Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative) logo

Upcoming Tree Planting Events

The ARRI program is a strong partner of the (White Oak Initiative/Longleaf Pine & Shortleaf Pine Initiatives) throughout the Appalachian region–a true Win-Win for landowners, the environment, and forestry.  ARRI works to plant trees on old mine sites (moonscapes). The ARRI program is an excellent volunteer carbon credit opportunity.

Are you interested in attending an ARRI tree planting event this spring? Events will be taking place across the Appalachian Region.

View the 2024 Volunteer Tree Planting Schedule

For more information, contact:

Cliff Drouet, Forester
Office of Surface Mining
Lexington KY​
Work phone: 303-549-7249
Work email: cdrouet@osmre.gov
 
Forestry – Growing For Tomorrow
 
A Managed Forest is a Healthy Forest

PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program Award Recipients

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

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


New Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Certificate Program

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

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


Provide Feedback on New FFRMS Tool

A new beta tool on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) that will help users determine if a federally funded project is in a FFRMS floodplain is now available for review.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is requesting public comments on the beta version of the Federal Flood Standard Support Tool to assist federal agencies and applicants or recipients of federal financial assistance in FFRMS implementation.

The tool uses both the freeboard value approach (FVA) and climate-informed science approach (CISA) to assess flood risk. Read more

Comments are due May 28, 2024.


Grant Funding Available for Green Infrastructure that Addresses Stormwater Runoff

Team Kentucky, through the Green Infrastructure Assistance Program (GIAP), is seeking grant applications for projects that help rural and/or disadvantaged communities address stormwater issues by applying green infrastructure and nature-based solutions.

Runoff from stormwater can carry trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants into local waterways. Green infrastructure, including plant and soil systems, permeable pavement, landscaping, or wetlands, works to filter and absorb stormwater.

“Green infrastructure can help reduce flows to sewer systems or to surface waters, which helps keep our waterways clean and reduce potential for flooding,” said Dale Booth, coordinator for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Water’s source water protection program. “We look forward to working with our communities on these unique projects that not only address pollution, but support resiliency, and provide environmental, social and economic benefits.”

Funds are provided through the U.S. EPA’s Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant (OSG) and is available for green infrastructure planning, design, and construction.

While all communities are encouraged to apply, those that qualify as rural or disadvantaged will receive priority in project ranking. Rural communities are those with a population of less than 10,000 people.  A disadvantaged community is defined using Kentucky’s annual  Intended Use Plans , the  Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) , or the  Environmental Justice Screening Tool (EJ Screen) . Communities that do not meet definitions for rural or disadvantaged are required to provide 20 percent matching funds. 

Letters of intent to apply are optional but highly recommended and are due May 1, 2024. Project application forms must be submitted no later than June 30, 2024. 

To determine if your project is eligible and to obtain the letter of intent form and other supporting documents, please visit the grant funding program page. For more information,

For examples of green infrastructure practices visit https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/3bd48a5ce50846debd0140cb9bbfa75d.


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

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

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

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

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


New Course for Community Planners Available on APA Learn

Every planner can help build a resilient future. A new FEMA-funded course helps community planners know their role in hazard mitigation, build mitigation skills, and work towards community resilience.

Planners can enroll today for Planning, Mitigating, and Advocating for Community Resilience!

Emergency managers are encouraged to share this course with community planners and planning departments.

By the end of this course, participants will:

Know how mitigation plans and actions work together to boost community resilience.
Be able to work with emergency managers and local staff to put together a mitigation planning process.
Be ready for challenges in mitigation planning. These may include a lack of joint efforts with planners, as well as poor integration of other local plans and tools.
Use planning tools (such as zoning or capital improvement) as mitigation actions.
Work with local leaders, staff, the public, and others to push for mitigation planning and reducing risk.
This course is eligible for 1.75 CM credits for American Planning Association (APA) members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. It is also free!

The APA hosts this course. To learn more, visit the APA Learn web page.

Do you have questions?

Send an email to fema-mitigation-planning@fema.dhs.gov.


Pennyrile Area Development District (PeADD) Hiring Infrastructure Coordinator

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

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


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. 


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


National Association of Wetland Managers Annual Meeting:
Filling the Gaps & Embracing Change

June 17-20, 2024

National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, WV

Draft Agenda

 


 

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!


 

KAMM Partners News

 


 

 

2024 KY GIS CONFERENCE

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

More details to come!

 


2024 KSA Conference

 

The Kentucky Stormwater Association’s Annual Conference is from July 10-12 in Owensboro.  To learn more, visit the KSA webpage at https://ksa.memberclicks.net/.

KSA is excited to announce that Early Bird Registration is now open for our 2024 Annual Conference.  Join us in Owensboro, Kentucky at the Owensboro Convention Center & Hampton Inn and Suites. Network with representatives from Kentucky MS4 communities, regulatory agencies, engineers, and stormwater professionals, share your expertise and experience, and learn more about regional stormwater management solutions. The draft agenda for the conference can be downloaded here. 

Our Sponsor/Exhibitor registration is also open. We are happy to answer any questions about sponsorship levels and benefits. Please reach out to Lindsie Nicholas or Dana Stayer. We hope to see you in Owensboro!

More information including the conference agenda, hotel room block details, and registration can be found on our conference page.


 

Join KEMA!

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

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

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

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

 KEMA

 JOIN KEMA

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

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

Register Now


 Mitigation Education Opportunities


FEMA Hosting Virtual Extreme Heat Summit Series

FEMA will host a virtual and in-person Extreme Heat Summit series focused on understanding extreme heat impacts and defining actionable ways to combat and prepare for these increasing risks across the country. Well ahead of the start to summer, January through March 2024 clocked in as the fifth-warmest start to a year in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 130-year climate record. NOAA predicts odds for above-normal temperatures across the midwestern, western and southern lower 48 states during the summer 2024 season.

In honor of Earth Month, the two-part series kicks off with a virtual summit on April 26, 2024, featuring remarks from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and roundtable discussions examining federal, state and local initiatives to combat extreme heat risks. Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Fire Administration, the National Park Service, Occupational Health and Safety and the Department of Health & Human Services.

“Extreme heat is becoming a more aggressive threat to well-being across the country,” said Administrator Criswell. “We want to arm our emergency responders—and communities across America—with the health and safety information needed to stay healthy when the temperatures soar. Just this week, we saw temperatures in the 80s and 90s over larger parts of the country. The time to be summer ready is now.”

FEMA’s Extreme Heat Series concludes with an in-person summit hosted in Chicago on May 21, 2024. Building on the lessons learned from FEMA’s 2023 Extreme Heat Summit, this engagement is open to government leaders and resilience focused private sector, nonprofit and academic organizations. FEMA will offer opportunities for discussion, networking and cross-collaboration between all levels of government and community partners. Presentations and panel discussions will be led by subject matter experts, local emergency managers and climate resilience practitioners. Speakers will focus on raising awareness of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme heat events, highlighting mitigation best practices across the country, and discussing ways of communicating extreme heat risks and implications to communities and stakeholders.

Attendance to the virtual and in-person extreme heat summits are open to the public. Register for the April 26 virtual summit at #SummerReady Extreme Heat Summit | FEMA.gov and register for the May 21 in-person Chicago summit at cvent.me/Z8lAk3.

For questions or additional information about the Extreme Heat Summit series, please contact FEMA-extreme-heat-summit@fema.dhs.gov.

To learn more about extreme heat preparedness, visit FEMA’s Ready.gov.


 

Community Rating System Webinars

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

For dates and topic, link to CRS Training and Webinars

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


Individuals and Households Assistance Program (IA) Course 
Campbell County: June 25th, 2024

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch is proud to announce the implementation of the Individuals and Households Assistance Program Course.  This course will enable attendees to understand disaster-related assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for impacted citizens.

This course covers the foundational concepts and latest guidance of the IA Program.  The KYEM IA Section is Kentucky’s liaison with FEMA in matters concerning the implementation and coordination of this program which provides aid to individuals and families affected by a declared disaster event.

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

Registration

To register, click this link: https://forms.logiforms.com/formdata/user_forms/25701_7726379/94169

“Choose Class” Remember to select “June 25, 2024, Individuals and Households Assistance Program

(IA) Course”


Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program 

In 2024 the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management will be offering all the required courses to obtain the Infrastructure Protection 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


Check out other Online Training

Link to Online Training.


 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 


Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants. The funds are available through the Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

Eligible expenses include the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires. Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with our local communities to continue efforts to properly dispose of and recycle waste tires,” said Darin Steen, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. “We encourage all those interested to apply.”

The grant period is July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2024 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible. Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2025.

Waste Tire Grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7th, 2024. These grants do not require a match. Any unused funds must be returned to the Cabinet by July 31, 2025.


 
 

 

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

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

Drinking Water Grants and Other Financial Resources


USDA announced $1.5 Billion in funding for the 2024 Regional Conservation Partnership Program. An interstate group is forming in the Red River Basin to work on agriculture issues.  If you are interested in collaborating in this watershed, contact Paulette Akers (paulette.akers@ky.gov).


On May 1, FEMA will post funding opportunities for two National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program grants for over $3 million.

FEMA’s two National Earthquake Hazard Reduction (NEHRP) grant programs provide funding to reduce the risks to life and property from future earthquakes in the United States through the establishment of an effective earthquake hazards reduction program.

For this cycle, more than $2 million is available for the Individual State Earthquake Assistance (ISEA) grant program and more than $1 million is available for the Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance (MSNEA) grant program. The funding notices will publish on Grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply for funding using FEMA Grants Outcomes, the agency’s grants management system. Submit applications in FEMA Grants Outcome Portal no later than 5 p.m. ET on June 14, 2024. Applications received by FEMA after this deadline will not be considered for funding. The funding opportunities are also available on the FEMA website where there are also technical assistance documents and additional information about upcoming webinars to assist applicants.

Interested applicants should visit Earthquake Risk | FEMA.gov or contact their earthquake program manager for more information.


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 notice of funding opportunity follows the release of final guidance for how States and Tribes can apply for this historic funding.

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.

 

 

 

 


 

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 

 

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

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

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

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


FEMA Publishing 2023 FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms Book

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

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

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

FEMA will not publish hard copies of the 2023 update.


USGS Mobile Flood Tool

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


The FEMA App

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

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

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

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

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

Download the FEMA App

Get it on Google Play 

Download it on Apple Store.

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

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

TEXT FOR HELP

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

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

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

Now on the FEMA App: Fill Your Digital Backpack Today

Backpack with documents, camera and phone

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

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

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


 

 

 

 

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