FEMA Seeks Comments on New Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Local governments are encouraged to provide comments on the implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018.

ARTICLE | May 21, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeks feedback on the development and implementation of Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This section became law in October 2018, along with more than 50 other reform provisions to federal disaster programs.

Local governments are encouraged to provide comments on the development of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. The new law allows FEMA to invest in projects that drive risk reduction and build capability for communities and is consistent with the three overarching strategic goals in FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan: Build a Culture of Preparedness, Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters, and Reduce the Complexity of FEMA. Details on the DRRA are available here.

Comments will be accepted from May 20 through July 15, 2019, on IdeaScale at FEMA Idea Scale or by email at BUILDBRIC@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA will also host a webinar series in June to provide a brief overview of the topic areas that are important for the development of the BRIC program. Each session will include an open conversation with stakeholders through the chat platform.  For detailed information of each session, visit FEMA June Webinars. The call-in information is the same for each webinar:

Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559Adobe Connect: FEMA Webinar

Webinar 1: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects and Community Lifelines: Thursday, June 6, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)

Webinar 2: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application and Evaluation, and Risk Based Funding: Thursday, June 13, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)

Webinar 3: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis: Thursday, June 20, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)

Webinar 4: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)

Individuals with questions can contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Branch at 202/646-3444 or FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA also has released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program today for a 30-day National Engagement Period. This time provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft of the updated NIMS Training Program, so that it reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT June 21, 2019.

The revised NIMS Training Program introduces training that is focused on incident personnel’s position and responsibility. The focus areas include the Incident Command System, Joint Information System, Emergency Operation Center, and the Multiagency Coordination Group. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to highlight key proposed changes to NIMS and answer participant questions about submitting feedback. All webinars are open to the whole community.

To review the draft of the updated NIMS Training Program and for additional webinar information, visit NIMS Training Program. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov by June 21, 2019.

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