Capacity & Capability Building

Topic 9: Capacity & Capability Building

The magnitude of the BRIC program will require an additional level of capability and capacity on the part of recipients and sub-recipients. How can FEMA improve capability and capacity of recipients and sub-recipients?

FEMA seeks your opinions on:

  • What capacity, capability, and training is needed to run successful grant awards, both small or large infrastructure-based
  • What challenges exist when building capacity and capability within communities
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Capacity & Capability Building

Gaps Must Be Identified and Filled

Overarching we advocates for rules, regulations, and implementation of the mitigation grant programs which allows for flexibility, introduces simplicity, and builds capacity. It's essential to build applicant and subapplicant mitigation implementation capacity through technical assistance. Expansion of the allowable and desirable projects under HMA requires additional capacity to navigate projects within the Federal... more »

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Training and technical assistance

To assist communities in building capacity, the American Flood Coalition supports increasing training and technical assistance. FEMA should develop guides to help communities better understand and implement creative financing mechanisms such as public-private partnerships. In particular, small and rural communities with limited staff could use training and technical assistance from FEMA to increase capacity. FEMA trainings... more »

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Create an Alaska Tribal Mitigation Team with two new full-time permanent positions located in Anchorage to support projects

Current levels of FEMA technical assistance, including from the Alaska FEMA Tribal Liaison and Region 10 staff, are not adequate to make the PDM program effective for our rural communities. Existing staff, including at the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, provide a basic level of technical assistance regarding program requirements and limitations. However, full-time staff to navigate... more »

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Create an Alaska Tribal Mitigation Team with two new full-time permanent positions to support projects

Current levels of FEMA technical assistance, including from the Alaska FEMA Tribal Liaison and Region 10 staff, are not adequate to make the PDM program effective for our rural communities. Existing staff, including at the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, provide a basic level of technical assistance regarding program requirements and limitations. However, full-time staff to navigate... more »

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Cover travel costs to FEMA training for rural communities

In addition to being infrequent, attending a FEMA training comes at a high cost to the community. For example, travel from a rural community to training could involve two flights to Anchorage, hotel, ground transportation, per diem, followed by two flights back to their rural community. The direct cost for a community member to travel to training in Anchorage could exceed $2,000. Additionally, attending the training can... more »

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Provide frequent training to the Alaskan communities known to be at high risk

Developing a successful hazard mitigation project application requires significant expertise in technical fields such as project development, hazard mitigation, engineering, budgets, benefit-cost analysis, construction, etc. The majority of people we work with in rural communities do not have this expertise. Trainings are often needed to gain the required specialized knowledge, but trainings are not offered on a regular... more »

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Continuum of Regional Pre-Disaster Risk Mitigation Skills, Technology, Practice and Investment

FEMA's innovation and regional capacity-building interests could be served through a "continuum" for sparking a national-regional framework to co-invest in Pre-Disaster Water Resiliency Certification among public and private sector operations by critical infrastructure sectors, engaging Youth and Student Water Resilient Inventathons for next-generation resilient community and entrepreneurial leaders, formation of collaborative... more »

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