Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced a $40m grant program for municipalities to strengthen clean energy infrastructure against storms. In addition, "the Patrick Administration is also investing $10 million in critical coastal infrastructure and dam repair, including $1 million in municipal grants offered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to reduce or eliminate risk associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. As natural solutions have often proved to be the best defense against nature, CZM will implement a $1 million program for Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience pilot projects."
For more details and to learn about how these programs are funded, visit this page.
New FEMA Pub: Integrating the Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan into a Community’s Comprehensive Plan
A FEMA update from STARR: "FEMA’s Region X Mitigation Planning Team has released Integrating the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan into a Community’s Comprehensive Plan: A Guidebook for Local Governments.
This guidebook was developed by FEMA to explain and demonstrate how to integrate natural hazard mitigation concepts into local comprehensive plans. The guidebook describes the benefits of integration, provides examples of how it can be accomplished, reviews existing state authorities and regulation, and highlights successful best practices in Region X." The Washington examples include Chehalis, Hoquiam, Kittitas County, Skagit County, and Thurston County. This is sure to be helpful to any planners looking to add more natural hazard planing to their comprehensive plans. The direct link is here: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1388432170894-6f744a8afa8929171dc62d96da067b9a/FEMA-X-IntegratingLocalMitigation.pdf
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
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