On December 23, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued guidance through our Regional offices to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners on the ability to incorporate sea level rise estimates in Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) project grant applications. In accordance with the objectives outlined in the President’s Executive Order – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, FEMA continues to support the initiative by integrating climate change adaptations into programs, policies, and operations to strengthen the nation’s resilience by planning for future risk.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have recently released sea level rise estimates for various coastal areas. This available data will allow applicants to determine the projected sea level rise at a specific site. The data can be included in FEMA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis Tool that is used to validate the cost benefit of potential projects that protect against future risk.
FEMA does not require applicants and sub-applicants to incorporate sea level rise estimates into HMA projects. However, detailed information is being provided on how to incorporate sea level rise considerations when performing a Benefit-Cost Analysis for project applications using these federal data sources. Communities that use this information will have the benefit of more accurately planning for and taking steps to mitigate against this vulnerability.
For more information:
Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Sea Level Rise Frequently Asked Questions document can be found in the FEMA library athttp://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/89659
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance
Benefit Cost Analysis http://www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Policy http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance-policy
“RiskMAP and CRS Synergy” is a recorded, one-hour webinar that introduces FEMA’s Community Rating System and Risk MAP initiative and shows how communities can use both to improve their floodplain management programs. Class materials, including the handouts, the presentation slides, and a summary of the Q & A are available for download at http://www.starr-team.com/starr/Training_Materials/Risk_MAP-CRS_Synergy. The recorded webinar can be accessed at http://j.mp/starr-recorded-training (click on “Recorded Sessions” at the left).
Nominations Open for CRS Award for Excellence
Nominations are being sought for the 2014 CRS Award for Excellence, which acknowledges outstanding effort by an individual at the local level to improve people’s understanding of the dangers of flooding and the ways flood damage can be avoided, promote the purchase of flood insurance, and contribute to community well-being.
Nominees for the award could be a local government official, insurance agent, business professional, real estate professional, floodplain manager, or other local leader. They should
--Be actively involved in a CRS community and knowledgeable about the risk of local flooding;
--Be active in promoting the use of flood insurance to help households prepare for the possibility of flood damage;
--Be active in encouraging community leaders to improve local safety and resilience to flooding and other disasters; and
--Have noteworthy achievements in the area of alerting residents and businesses to potential flood dangers and promoting the purchase of flood insurance.
Nomination forms for the CRS Award for Excellence can be downloaded from the web at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/17014. The deadline for nominations and applications is February 28, 2014.
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