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Infrastructure Mitigation Projects

Making the Case for Advance Assistance & Phased Projects: The Future of BRIC

If FEMA intends to encourage communities to mitigate & increase resiliency in PDM & BRIC we must look at issues preventing mitigation & resiliency from being developed in the past. If we do not learn from said past, we are doomed to repeat it. Political & economic capacity are two roadblocks for communities. In rural, more vulnerable areas, asking local government to foot the bill for the design/study deliverables up ...more »

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Grant Project Evaluation

Understand and Analyze the Success of Previous Grants

Following a disaster, FEMA teams are on the ground to conduct damage inspections of structures in the affected areas. FEMA keeps data on repetitive loses, but another valuable data point is how structures fared that are not damaged and previously received mitigation upgrades. IBHS similarly conducts post-disaster deployments. We are particularly interested in surveying the houses with FORTIFIED designations and determining ...more »

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Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA)

Promote Wind Mitigation BCA

FEMA should periodically update and train its field staff to be aware of and promote lesser known FEMA mitigation programs that have proven to be effective, such as the pre-calculated benefits for wind mitigation (P-804). There are numerous additional standards that states, tribes, territories and local communities can use that have hazard mitigation and resilience baked in. As a general matter, most of these resilience ...more »

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Building Codes & Enforcement

Provide Assistance to Train Additional Code Inspectors

The biggest challenges in building code enforcement is having a trained and qualified staff. FEMA can provide funding/grants for training of staff – potentially with emphasis on hazard-specific subjects such as wind-resistant design and/or construction, seismic design and/or construction, flood resistant design/construction, etc. These programs could be set up and delivered through a train-the-trainer model for the selected ...more »

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Building Codes & Enforcement

Rewards Building Code Adoption, Enforcement, and Beyond-Code Jurisdictions

IBHS believes that the most effective and efficient means to realize the benefits of strong building codes is for states to apply the latest model code on a universal basis, and not to allow for local "opt outs," especially in high-risk areas. We recommend that enactment of a mandatory (i.e., no local opt-outs), modern (i.e., based on one of the most recent model building codes) statewide building code should be the starting ...more »

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The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Process

Promote Wind Mitigation Pre-Calculated Benefit Program (P-804)

Encouraging applicants to take advantage of the pre-calculated benefits BCA, such as the Wind Mitigation Guide (P-804) would help prioritize the application with mitigation embedded. Another option might be for FEMA to "certify" a consultant, organization, or person that has shown a dedication and commitment to hazard mitigation projects – and those projects are fast tracked

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Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA)

Easy Fix

Easy fix, have states who put in for SMC costs make a training plan for courses like G-318 Planning Course, L-276 BCA Course, Flood courses etc. We build that into our admin plan all the time for disasters and SMC. Just have FEMA make it a SMC requirement. That way our sub applicants get a chance to go to training and get the best information on developing as a mitigation officer or as an applicant

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Hazard Mitigation Planning

Keep Planning available

Maybe I missed it but I don't see anywhere in DRRA with PDM being phased out where local or tribal mitigation planning will still be able to be done in anything other than HMGP. The long time lines from submission to award on HMGP isn't the best vehcile for mitigation plans at all. Where in the DRRA is access to planning grant funds ? We need to keep that in the program somewhere otherwise small rural or native population ...more »

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Risk Informed Funding

We need to focus on Green Infrastructures

We need to focus on resolutions. Using small amount money to get people out of hazard areas, that is large savings for our nation. Set-aside will be generated by this savings for unexpected events and areas. Planning should focus on major hazards, as we said risk driving. For example, shore and PA are flooding states, those we should focus to resolve them. Planning should be Green infrastructures/watershed for large River ...more »

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Infrastructure Mitigation Projects

Write Green infrastructures into the Law.

Disaster funding should focus on those large Green Infrastructures those we planned (proposed River basin wide advance assistance/ army corp. planned Green infrastructures), minimize funding for substantial damaged houses, repetitive losses houses, those should be handled by insurance/SBA loans (NFIP/private) and homeowners themselves. Army corp. is doing similar planning projects as FEMA advanced assistance, we should ...more »

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Lifelines

Implementing Community Lifelines into Planning Products

I suggest adding a lifeline for Operational Coordination to the overall Lifeline structure. The current system does not capture the coordination between Private Sector and Public, resource distribution, legal requirements and waivers. An Operational Coordination Lifeline might help to capture this information as well as the coordination needed between the lifelines and their interdependencies on each other.

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Funding & Resource Management

Make better use of partnering 404 mitigation to 406 mitigation opportunities

Recommend we find a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation funding to provide a better service for our applicants when PA 406 funding, alone, does not properly fix the damaged facility. I two current problems. 1/ processing of 404 Mitigation applications would delay PA projects with 406 Mitigation Proposals. And 2/, the state and applicant Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans have different funding priorities. ...more »

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Funding & Resource Management

Funding Tracking Issues

We need a simplified way to track grant funds that both FEMA and States/Sub Applicants can access at the same time, similar to Grants Manager/Grant Portal. It needs to be more user friendly than E Grants. Right now we have no centralized or standardized way for program managers to stay current with GPD people at the regions.

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Hazard Mitigation Planning

Advanaced Assistance & Project Development

Hazard Mitigation Plans should have a requirement or checklist for actionable items and plan maintenance. If a community gets a plan and fails to act on a single thing in it there should be some sort of check and balance. Otherwise mit plans are just paper that a community does with FEMA or State funds and it sits on a shelf so they can be eligible for a project "maybe". In small rural areas like we have in Alaska mit ...more »

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