Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Forum

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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 Investment for the Nation

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Diversify / Expand NFIP to Supplement / Enhance PA/Mitigation

Thinking of the following challenges, 1) Based on disaster stats, PA accounts for almost half of the after-disaster investment with Federal monies the primary funding source. 2) Although issues with the NFIP are complicated, a basic and major challenge is the NFIP struggles to secure adequate funding to meet the actual risks. 3) Some states can no longer secure HMGP funds because they have successfully applied mitigation, ...more »

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Mitigation Investment for the Nation

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PUERTO RICO WATER DESALINATION OPTIONS AND CALCULATIONS

PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being ...more »

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Buying Down Risk with Preparedness and Mitigation

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Maximize 406 Mitigation

406 Hazard Mitigation (HM) is an under-utilized tool for buying down the nation's risk. It presents an opportunity to directly reduce known risk to public facilities at a time people are most clearly faced with the impacts of disasters and the value of mitigation. Any risk reduced with 406 HM funds also supports the mitigation of undamaged properties by increasing the cap for HMGP (404) funds. 406 HM also allows FEMA ...more »

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Buying Down Risk with Preparedness and Mitigation

Submitted by (@scapasso)

Maximize 406 Mitigation

406 Hazard Mitigation (HM) is an under-utilized tool for buying down the nation's risk. It presents an opportunity to directly reduce known risk to public facilities at a time people are most clearly faced with the impacts of disasters and the value of mitigation. Any risk reduced with 406 HM funds also supports the mitigation of undamaged properties by increasing the cap for HMGP (404) funds. 406 HM also allows FEMA ...more »

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Disaster Resilience Indicators

Submitted by (@mike.kline)

Flood Hazard Mitigation

Enhance federal policies and funding programs and promote flood hazard "avoidance" practices over those supporting "retrofits, rehabs, restorations, and replacements." These practices would includes buy-outs, land use regulation and conservation particularly at areas identified by a community or state as key attenuation assets to more evenly distribute flood energy, sediments, and debris in riverine and coastal areas. ...more »

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Innovative Solutions in Emergency Management

Submitted by (@aaronlittlefield)

Mitigation tactics targeting work-place violence scenarios

The use of Emergency Response System (remote transmitter devices) and Panic/Code-Words by select personnel, facility wide, and nation wide as mitigation targeting serious work-place violence scenarios (e.g. Gun-threats at Government Buildings & School). HYPOTHESIS: A Panic/Code Word in combination with a transmitter device and well orchestrated contingency plans may prove to be highly effective measures to decreasing ...more »

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Looking Back, Looking Forward—FEMA Think Tank 2.0

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Federal Tax Credits for Mitigation Efforts

Back in 1992, Energy Star (a government-backed program sponsored by EPA and the Dept of Energy helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency) was born for products and practices that promote energy efficiency. This public –private partnership (to date over 20,000 public and private sector organizations!) built a globally recognized consumer branding system and absolutely ...more »

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FEMA Think Tank

Submitted by (@liam.sweeny)

FEMA Assistance Information as a Mitigation Tool

An introduction to FEMA assistance is inefficient when a disaster has already occurred. Wildly inaccurate interpretations of FEMA assistance is caused by high stress levels and the information vacuum that accompanies disasters, One step FEMA can take is to coordinate with developers, real-estate agencies and new property- and business owners so that, in a more relaxed setting, they can be provided written documentation ...more »

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