On Oct. 5, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) was signed into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. FEMA worked closely with Congress over 2018 as Congress considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation's capacity for the next catastrophic event.
FEMA and its partners are working on the development and implementation of DRRA Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program, which FEMA has named Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures. This program will focus on reducing the Nation's risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase community resilience before a disaster.
This change will allow FEMA to invest in projects that drive risk reduction and build capability for communities and is consistent with the three overarching strategic goals in FEMA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan: Build a Culture of Preparedness, Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters, and Reduce the Complexity of FEMA. FEMA and its partners specifically want to discuss and share ideas about Section 1234 with you. For more information on www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-reform-act-2018
We welcome your comments as we implement BRIC to better serve the Nation. We are seeking your opinion on a number of topics related to BRIC. The prompts below are intended to facilitate discussion. Please feel free to answer some or all of the topics presented below, and provide FEMA with any additional input if you think we missed any important topics or issues. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas in helping our nation work towards a more resilient future.
For additional questions, please contact: BUILDBRIC@fema.dhs.gov