Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Forum

The purpose of this forum is to create a place to encourage communities to engage in hazard mitigation, promote project success stories, and share lessons learned from grant application, implementation, and closeout.


Representatives from communities at all levels including state, federal, local, tribal, non-governmental organizations, and the private sectorare encouraged to contribute information to assist counterparts across the country as they plan mitigation projects for their community. This can be a tremendous resource for those who are not well versed in the components of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant programs.


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Using mutual of understading forms among major funding agencies

Using mutual of understading forms among major funding agencies for pre/post disasters mitigation. We propose to consolidating multi-agencies' funding for mitigation. The best and quick resolution is to setup examples in chosen state (for example, PA is a good state to start this process. Through 1-2 year success mitigation, we can introduce this experience to other states or write into law and policy. We can possible ...more »

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Proposed JFO Re-alignment of FEMA Core Programs

There is no doubt that the changes implemented by the Incident Command System structure in JFOs around the country, have greatly increased FEMA’s emergency and immediate response capabilities. However, in the eyes of many, the possible over emphasis on a strict ICS model has negatively affected the traditional grants programs by adding staff, expenses and have diluted communications with the Command and General Staff. ...more »

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Grant of the Month: Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program. Homeowners that are selected for the program are eligible for a rebate of 75% of the cost to construct a safe room, up to a maximum of $4,875. Funding for this Program was made available thru FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. The Ohio Emergency ...more »

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Tornado In the Forecast?

The National Weather Service provides Tornado Warnings and also has information on how to prepare for them. See NWS: https://www.weather.gov/safety/tornado-prepare One of the methods is a safe room. And, under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program, there are pre-calculated benefits to make the application process easier. Learn more at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1424368115734-86cfbaeb456f7c1d57a05d3e8e08a4bd/FINAL_SafeRoom_JobAid_13FEB15_508complete.pdf ...more »

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Mitigation Minute: Pre-Calculated Benefits for BCA

FEMA's latest Mitigation Minute indicates the pre-calculated benefits for seven types of mitigation projects, to help streamline the HMA grant application process. To subscribe to FEMA’s Mitigation Minute, visit their webpage and click on Subscribe at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSFEMA/bulletins/1ebdc89 For more information on the pre-determined cost effectiveness values, visit the Benefit-Cost Analysis ...more »

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Final LOMC Files for NFIP Communities

When map revisions are concurred to by a community, the submittal is sent to FEMA for review. Prior to FEMA approval there are usually cycles of comments and revisions which do not always involve the community. Once approved, the final FEMA approved mapping and analyses can differ significantly from the community approved analyses and mapping that the community has on file. There is no requirement currently that the ...more »

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Mitigation Minute - Please Subscribe

Recommend representatives from states, local communities, and tribes working to improve the lives of people in their community by mitigating hazards, to sign up for FEMA’s weekly “Mitigation Minute.” The “Mitigation Minute” is a weekly series provided by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division containing facts about grants and resources provided across the country to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and ...more »

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Grant of the Month: Upgrade of Road Drainage and Water Main

Examples of mitigation projects with HMA grants to be posted monthly to encourage communities to apply for HMA grants. Project: Upgrade of Road Drainage and Water Main, Town of Brookfield, MA 2016 HMGP The small town of Brookfield, MA received a $177,227 Hazard Mitigation Grant for the Highway and Water Departments to upgrade the drainage and water mains which service a low lying area of Mill St. The area was prone ...more »

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