REMINDER! Apply for a 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities grant by Jan. 31

Apply for a 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities grant

The LEED for Cities and Communities Grant provides support to local governments pursuing certification under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.

Apply by Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. EST

The 2020 application is open now and up to 20 U.S. local governments will be selected to participate. For more details, read the announcement.


Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. EST: Deadline to apply
Feb. 7: Grant recipients notified
Feb. 21: Public announcement of communities
Mid-March: Orientation program in Washington, D.C.
Dec. 31: End of formal program year

Application tips

Strong applications have buy-in and support from top local government officials and community partners to pursue certification.

Demonstrate how joining the cohort can help advance identified community sustainability goals.

The certification process takes a well-organized team, applicants should describe how their team will execute the data collection process to certify.

Describe how LEED certification is an important next step in advancing sustainability community-wide and how certification will be a catalyst to transformation.

All communities face barriers to advancing sustainability, strong applications will describe how the grant program will help overcome these barriers.

FEMA Public Comment Opportunity-Building Code and Floodplain – Ends 3-6-20

DRRA 1206 Code Administration And Enforcement Policy

The draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement is currently open for a 45-day public review and comment period, ending on Friday, March 6, 2020.  Please submit your comments to  Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Public Assistance (PA) Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.

From: CPCB-RSF <>
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020 4:22 PM
Subject: Public Comment Opportunity – Building Code and Floodplain

Dear CPCB Partners,

FEMA is pleased to announce the issuance of the attached draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement (policy) for a 45-day public review and comment period.

The intent of this policy is to provide communities with the resources needed to effectively administer and enforce building codes and floodplain management ordinances adopted by state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for a period of no longer than 180 days after the date of a major disaster declaration.

The draft policy is posted at Please submit your comments to Public Assistance (PA) at Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the PA Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.

On October 5, 2018, Congress passed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. DRRA section 1206 amended sections 402 and 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to authorize FEMA to provide assistance to state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for building code and floodplain management ordinance administration and enforcement, including assessments for substantial damage compliance.

FEMA is implementing DRRA section 1206 through the PA Program. The attached policy defines the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation through the PA Program.

Thank you,

Michael Gumpert
Just-In-Time Lead / CPCB Partner Lead
Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch
Interagency Coordination Division / Recovery Directorate / Office of Response and Recovery / FEMA

DRRA 1206 Policy Posting for Public Comment 01-21-2020
DRAFT DRRA 1206 Code Administration and Enforcement Policy-CLEAN-1
Copy of DRRA 1206 Comment Matrix

Job Openings – Mitigation/Environmental – Current / Closing

Click below for details on these current job announcements.

As of December 2019 / January 2020:

Two-Year_Post-Doctoral_Fellowship-Oregon State University(Fall-2020)Apply by: March 1, 2020

Two-Year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Environmental Studies – The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MADeadline: January 18, 2020

Assistant Professor – Urban Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Virginia Tech Deadline: January 24, 2020

2020 National Earthquake Conference – March 4-6 in San Diego, California

Click here to view the 2020 National Earthquake Conference Announcement as a PDF.

Advancing State Earthquake Programs to Reduce Seismic Risk and Save Lives

March 4-6 in San Diego, California

Click here to register today and take advantage of the early-bird rate

The NEC is a quadrennial event providing a unique opportunity for engagement and sharing amongst academia, building code experts, engineers, businesses, design/build professionals, FEMA Directorates, first responders, geologists, local emergency managers, insurance and reinsurance professionals, local and tribal governments, private sector practitioners, U.S. State and Territorial Earthquake Managers, NEHRP Agencies, and volunteers.

Click here to view the 2020 at-a-glance schedule, here to view the 2016 NEC conference outcomes, and here to read the 2016 media impact report.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Join Presenting Sponsor California Earthquake Authority, Visionary Sponsors Computers & Structures, and Kinemetrics, Strategic Sponsor International Code Council, and Tabletop Sponsors Applied Technology Council, BRACELOK, Cal OES, FEMA, Maurer USA, Nanometrics, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Quake Kare/Emergency Ready by clicking here. 



“The Resilient Nation Roundup” Call for Content – Due 1/17/20

The Resilient Nation Roundup – Call for Content

Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:23 AM

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network is currently accepting content for its partner outreach newsletter, “The Resilient Nation Roundup.”

The newsletter is designed to provide an opportunity for partners and FEMA to highlight recent initiatives, news, updates, and events centered on resilience. If you or your organization would like to submit content, please email it to Sam Tatham ( by 10 a.m. on Friday, January 17.

Submission guidelines: 

  • Include a title
  • If your submission can be linked to a webpage, please include the linka photo or your company’s logo, and a 50-80 word synopsis of the linked content.
  • If your submission does not have a link, please include a 350-400 word write up and a photo or your company’s logo to accompany the content.

Thank you to all of the partners who submitted content for our previous issue, which featured updates and articles from The Environmental and Energy Study Institute, The Union of Concerned Scientists, The International Code Council, and more.


The RNPN Team



CREATE Resilience Webinar Series: January & February 2020

Click here to view CREATE Resilience Webinar Series January/February 2020 as a PDF.

Register for the webinars by e-mailing:

CREATE Resilience will be hosting two educational webinars (see flyer for full details).  The first is on January 21 and is an introduction to the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and Climate Explorer with LuAnn Dahlman, 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET.  The second is on February 18, and is on the role of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Hazard Mitigation, with David Wieller, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

CREATE Resilience will host an in-person presentation also from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 with Lafayette Professor and CREATE advisor David Brandes, who will talk about flash floods, development in floodplains, and precipitation changes.

The next large public events will be creative hazard mapping + preparedness events that CREATE Resilience will host in Bangor and Easton/Wilson.  These will be held on May 7 (Easton/Wilson) and 14 (Bangor) and will invite residents to engage in a hands-on mapping activity to identify hazard spots and link mitigation strategies back to community needs.  These maps will help inform the Visions of Resilience created by the artists starting in the fall of this year.

CREATE Resilience will also be scheduling a resiliency tour in May for the students, which will feature various locations where mitigation strategies have helped alleviate hazards.  The students will research places that we can visit, but we also would love to hear any suggestions you may have and will plan to have speakers at each stop so that the students can learn more about each project.

On June 16 from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. CREATE Resilience advisors will host an in-person meeting, during which they will engage with local municipal leaders to review the mitigation strategies they have identified in Year Two, to find out how they see these approaches as fitting their needs. CREATE Resilience will use this meeting to update the advisory team and municipal partners alike on the project’s progress and next steps, as well as plan for the discussion forums in each community.

In September, CREATE Resilience will host forums in each of their communities to conclude this year’s review of mitigation strategies.  They will seek suggestions from for speakers and content for this forum during their meeting on June 16.



Building Science Releases FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guide

Click here to view Building Science Releases FEMA P-2055 as a PDF.

Building Science Releases FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guide

FEMA Building Science Branch has released FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance, Report on the Current State of Practice including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability.

This Guide was developed as required by the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Section 1241: Post-disaster Building Safety Assessment and targets three main stakeholder groups.

  • Architects, engineers, and building officials directly involved in post-disaster building safety evaluation.
  • Emergency managers and health officials who may be involved in management of the post-disaster evaluation process, including environmental health issues.
  • Policy makers at state, local, tribal, and territorial and federal government levels.

FEMA P-2055 summarizes and references best practice guideline documents, identifies recommended improvements and needs, and provides interim recommendations for issues without best practice guidance. It also offers considerations for program planning prior to an incident and program management and implementation after an incident, including a primer for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that have the authority to set standards or policy related to the implementation of post-disaster building evaluations for safety and habitability.

The Guide covers earthquakes; hurricanes; floods; tornadoes; tsunamis; landslides and other land instabilities; volcanoes; snow, hail, and ice storms, fire; and explosions. It can be a reference for any post-incident evaluation process and is not limited by scale or official declaration of a disaster.

As shown above, this Guide covers a very specific need to identify which buildings are safe or unsafe to occupy after an incident. This evaluation helps reduce the overwhelming sheltering demands a community may face when impacted by a catastrophic disaster. The concept of shelters or sheltering, before, during and after disasters are subjects that FEMA, and the emergency management community as a whole, have and will continue to be actively engaged in as the work to Build a Culture of Preparedness and Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters continues.

Post-disaster building safety evaluations have traditionally focused on the key question being whether any building damage has made the building sufficiently less safe than it was before the damage to warrant limitations being placed on occupancy. This evaluation most commonly results in the placarding of buildings as Inspected, Restricted Use, and Unsafe.

To download FEMA P-2055 click here.

For more information of FEMA Building Science Branch click here

FEMA Building Science releases P-2054 – Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report

Click here to view FEMA Building Science Releases P-2054 as a PDF.

FEMA Building Science releases P-2054, Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report

FEMA’s Building Science Branch is pleased to announce that FEMA P-2054, Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report: 2017 Hurricane Season, is now available online at  To assess the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria on the built environment, FEMA’s Building Science Branch deployed Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) to Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Florida. This Compendium Report summarizes the observations, conclusions, and recommendations from the four MAT reports developed for the 2017 hurricane season:

To learn more about FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team Program, click here.

To learn more about FEMA’s Building Science Branch, visit our website.

Contact the Building Science helpline at or 866-927-2104.