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Invent a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation fu

Recommend we invent 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 have noticed two problems that seem to make this concept difficult to implement. First, the review and processing of 404 Mitigation funding applications is much more encumbered and time consuming than for the 406 Mitigation ...more »

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Incentivize homwowners' best mitigation practices

Standardize homeowner best practices for specific hazards and require that all insurance providers incentivize personal mitigation efforts via lower premiums. For example, credit could be awarded for bolting houses to their foundations in earthquake country, for freeboarding in areas likely to flood, etc.

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Enhanced Private Public Partnership

Integrate FEMA resources into existing widely used platforms at the national and local level in order to provide information to impacted communities faster, restore communities faster by generating local business and assist neighbors with search and rescue. - Work with state and local partners to communicate evacuation orders directly to personal phones through the NOAA weather alerts. - Partner with Google on their ...more »

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The "Three Cs" of Buying Down Risk

Land development in high risk areas (such as floodway/floodplain) occur due to a wide-range of public actions taken at the local level and supported at the state and federal level. Reversing the trend will require a cooperative effort between all agencies involved. Communication, coordination, and cooperation between federal agencies will enable state and local governments and leaders to protect high risk areas through ...more »

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Ideas from Indian Country

Perspective from a tribal diplomat / technocrat / practitioner who lives on the edge of the frontier where geological hazards abound. Q: How should risk be calculated in awarding grants? A: The first weighed criteria should always be frequency of an event happening again. The second weighed criteria should be financial impact of an event happening. For example: on the coast of Washington State, windstorms happen ...more »

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Modernize grants to include Operations and Maintenance

From a staff perspective, staff being in response and outside of grants, it appears that Grant packages are developed with FEMA assistance, but we internally do not collaborate on the applications being submitted. If we are to provide technical assistance in grant preparation, we should leverage work done in catastrophic planning and use those ideas to develop and provide grant opportunities. We also should be more ...more »

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Local Improvement Grants

Title might not accurately describe my idea, but basically the gist is that we provide grants to local Towns, Communities, Counties, etc, to create building ordinances that require homes built in flood prone areas be built within FEMA Codes. The grant money would be used as they see fit- whether they want to subsidize building, or put it to good use elsewhere, it's fully up to them. The point is that we would be incentivizing ...more »

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Link Risk Analysis information to Critical Infrastructure

Risk Analysis produces information that can be used to assess a flood event coming in and how it may impact key infrastructure but the tools need to be developed to link these data sources. We have developed a tool for our region that translates incoming floods to flood frequencies that helps to focus on where the incoming flood will hit the communities the hardest (i.e. where might we see something greater than the ...more »

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HMGP takes too long to implement

It seems that HMGP takes too long to obligate. Funds are available from day 1 of the disaster but even today, obligations are still being made for Katrina disasters. If the state can't use he money, close them down and allow the programs to move on to the next disaster. There are diminishing returns of funding mitigation 10+ years after the fact. Stick to the 1 year to submit applications and 1 year for FEMA to approve ...more »

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Utilize Volunteers as Auxiliary Security and Force Multipliers

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-6: ON-SCENE AND PHYSICAL DEFENSE & PROTECTIVE MEASURES SECURITY, BORDER, COASTAL, PERIMETERS, NATURAL, CULTURAL, SUPPLY CHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION, INTERDICTION, DISRUPTION, DETECTION - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers in Hazard Scenarios

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-14: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE CERT IN HAZARD SCENARIOS - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized such that resilience stakeholders with select viewpoints may begin to consider how they could utilize volunteers like ...more »

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Utilization of Volunteers for Operations, Supply Chain, and COMs

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-7: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT FOR OPERATIONS- OPERATIONAL COORDINATION, SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS-INTEGRITY-SECURITY, & OPERATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS (INCLUDING COMMAND AND SHELTERS) - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily ...more »

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