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AIA Floodplain Design Course – October 20, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m. ET

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AIA Floodplain Design Course:
Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance
October 20, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m. ET

Join us TOMORROW for our AIA Floodplain Design Course!

Our national monthly AIA Floodplain Design Course, Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance is TOMORROW (Oct. 20, 2021) at 3PM ET. Be sure to join us and receive CEU credits!

• Describe floods, floodplains, and the potential hazards to buildings

• Explain the differences between wet floodproofing and dry floodproofing techniques and acceptable applications

• Identify regulations, codes, and standards as they relate to sustaining foundations in flood hazard areas

• Analyze the role of building compliance in securing lowering flood insurance rates and what mitigation solutions are available

Can’t make it? Take a look at the remainder of our 2021 schedule and register for any other desired course(s)!

Credit: 1 AIA-HSW, 1 CFM-CEC  |  AIA Provider #: T058 |  AIA Program #: FP04



Oct. 20, 2021: NHMA Webinar: Risk Rating 2.0: A holistic approach – October 20, 2021 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

NHMA Webinar:
Risk Rating 2.0: A holistic approach
October 20, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
By Joe Rossi, CFM, ANFI
Chair/Executive Director
Massachusetts Coastal Coalition

Description:  FEMA has branded Risk Rating 2.0 as “Equity in Action” since the coming changes will make the NFIP rates fairer and easier to understand. FEMA’s new approach replaces the current binary “in versus out” of a high-risk flood zone pricing methodology. Instead it uses “graduated” rating, which is a pricing methodology based on rating factors such as distance to water, types of flood exposure, and the cost to rebuild.

In this presentation, we will look at the impacts this new “Equity in Action” approach will have on the flood insurance industry including:

  • how mitigation measures such as elevating buildings will be communicated to reduce premiums;
  • how to determine if insurance is required or not; and
  • the rating factors that impact insurance premiums.

 Register Here


Montana Floodplain 2021 Resource Seminar: Oct. 18-20, 2021

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October 18-20, 2021
“Managing Floods After Droughts and Fires”

The DNRC’s Montana Floodplain Resource Seminar offers no-cost training on topics related to management and administration of Montana’s floodplain program. Workshops are available to community members and professionals, including floodplain administrators, county planners, and DES personnel, and any other interested parties. All sessions will be hosted via Zoom.

Please use the link(s) below to access to the Resource Seminar.

To access/attend the seminar, a link for each day is given below. You can access one or all workshops and adjust your participation to best fit your schedule.

For assistance, questions, or more information, please contact:

Traci Sears, Montana NFIP/CAP Coordinator at Ph (406) 444-6654 / Email: tsears@mt.gov

Shylea Wingard, MT NFIP/CAP Assistant at Ph (406) 444-1343 / Email: swingard@mt.gov

Topic: Montana Floodplain Resource Seminar – Day 1 – October 18th
Time: Oct 18, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 881 2703 5753
Password: 202795

Topic: Montana Floodplain Resource Seminar – Day 2 – October 19th
Time: Oct 19, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 815 7290 7810
Password: 395075

Topic: Montana Floodplain Resource Seminar – Day 3 – October 20th
Time: Oct 20, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 867 8117 6911
Password: 858653

Click 10-18-2021_Agenda_ALL_Resource Seminar for Details and Agenda.

FEMA Webinar: P-2090/NIST SP-1254 – Oct 6 , 2021 @ 12:00 Noon PT

Click here to view FEMA-P2090-NIST_SP-1254Webinar (10-6-2021) as a PDF.

Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time

Oct 6 FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254 Webinar

12 Noon to 1 pm (Pacific Time)

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The American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Resilience Division and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering are hosting the Lifelines 2021-22 conference. Conference activities were launched on Feb. 9, 2021, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the San Fernando Earthquake. This was followed by an Energy Sector Panel session in April 2021 and a Transportation Sector Panel Session in June 2021. Prior to the in-person conference on Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2022, we are holding additional activities throughout the 2021 calendar year related to the conference theme of Understanding, Improving, and Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifeline Systems. The severe impacts of the 1971 earthquake inspired research of lifeline systems worldwide, including water, wastewater, stormwater, electric power, gas and liquid fuels, communications, transportation, and solid waste management systems.

As part of the Lifelines 2021-22 conference event series, FEMA is hosting a webinar focusing on post-earthquake reoccupancy and functional recovery. This event will include four speakers giving an overview of the congressional mandate to address reoccupancy and functional recovery, what this potentially means to the design and operation of buildings and lifeline infrastructure systems, and societal planning, education, and financing. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information on the webinar and conference please visit https://samueli.ucla.edu/lifelines2021-22/.

FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time

Current codes and standards for buildings and lifeline systems are primarily safety-based intending to protect life and public health, with few provisions targeting post-event recovery objectives. Most of the existing built environment does not comply with current codes and standards. As a result, the United States is exposed to significant risk from all forms of natural hazards that can affect communities through damage that results in injury and loss of life, lifeline service interruptions, displacement of residents, closure of businesses, and other economic and socio-cultural impacts. These risks cannot be eliminated but the resilience of our communities can be significantly improved by implementation of recovery-based codes, standards, and other policies. This webinar will present recommendations for (1) design and construction practices to improve the performance of lifeline infrastructure systems and buildings, and for (2) the planning and education activities and financial resources needed to implement these design and construction practices. These recommendations are described in the recently published FEMA P-2090, NIST SP-1254 report that was mandated by the 2018 reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), P.L. 115-307. The webinar speakers served as primary authors of the report.


Welcome: Ronald T. Eguchi |CEO and Co-Founder at ImageCat, Inc.

NEHRP Mandate and Acknowledgements: Michael Mahoney |Senior Geophysicist at FEMA

Buildings Presentation: Ryan Kersting |Associate Principal/Structural Engineer at Buehler

Lifelines Presentation: Craig Davis |CA Davis Engineering, Retired LADWP

Planning, Education, Financial Presentation: Lucy Arendt |Professor at St. Norbert College

Closing: Ronald T. Eguchi

FOR SPEAKER DETAILS SEE:   FEMA-P2090-NIST_SP-1254Webinar(10-6-2021)

International Code Council free webinar: Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 3 pm ET | Noon PT

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An Informational Webinar on FEMA’s BRIC Program

Join the International Code Council for a free webinar

Thursday, October 7 at 3 pm ET | Noon PT

Now in its second year, FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program is the agency’s $1 billion mitigation grant program. BRIC prioritizes the adoption and enforcement of hazard resistant building codes and makes funding available for adoption activities (including staff time and consultant costs), training, including the Code Council’s When Disaster Strikes Institute, certifications, building department accreditation, electronic permitting, and online access to codes and standards. For FY2021, BRIC includes $56 million in state/territory allocations (up to $1 million for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories) and another $25 million specifically set-aside for all federally recognized Tribal Governments.

This session features panelists from FEMA, state and local government, and the private sector who will share opportunities and best practices for how to successfully leverage BRIC funding through collaboration with hazard mitigation officials and other stakeholders.

Register for this FREE webinar

This webinar is not for CEUs.


Camille Crain
BRIC Section Chief, FEMA

Debbie Messmer
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Jeff Brown
Director, State Building Codes Office
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Dale Thomure
Manager, Community Hazard Mitigation, ISO/Verisk


Karl Fippinger
Vice President,
Fire and Disaster Mitigation,
International Code Council

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October 2021 Earthquake Safety and Cybersecurity Tips & Taglines

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October 2021 Tips & Taglines

Earthquake Safety and Cybersecurity Tips & Taglines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ready Campaign will be promoting Earthquake Preparedness this October and encouraging the whole community to take part in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills occurring across the country on Oct. 21.

It only takes a matter of seconds to change your life and community. Earthquakes can happen with no notice at any time; you could be at work, school, in a car, or at home. Region 3 states are not immune to earthquakes – since the early 1900s, there have been some 378 earthquakes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Mineral, Va., illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it’s important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

October is also Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. This year’s overarching message is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

The resources here are meant to provide you with a quick guide that makes it easy for you to lead by example. Included are:

  • Tagline quotes that you can add to your email signature block to direct readers to preparedness sources.
  • Tips and key messages. These tips can be posted on bulletin boards, reinforced at meetings, and worked into talking points at public events.
  • Graphics, logos, banners and posters.

Our goal is to provide tools that everyone can use and share to spread the message. We are always open to any feedback or suggestions. These DIY tools will always be synchronized with ongoing seasonal preparedness themes throughout the year.

2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 Themes

  • Week of October 4 – Be Cyber Smart.
  • Week of Oct. 11: Phight the Phish!
  • Week of Oct. 18: Experience. Share.
  • Week of Oct. 25: Cybersecurity First.

Key Messages for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

  • Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.

Do not include your name, your kids’ or pets’ names, or other well-known information about yourself in your password;

Avoid using common words in your passwords or passphrases. Instead, break up words with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” and “L”; and

Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.

  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, colleagues and community about internet safety.
  • Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
  • Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Talking Points for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

  • Cyber criminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a large corporation, a small business, or belong to a home user. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility in which all Americans have a role to play. The Stop.Think.Connect. toolkit provides resources for all segments of the community.
  • To get more involved with Stop.Think.Connect, visit https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/get-involved.
  • When dealing with cybercrime, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Cybercrime in all its many forms (e.g., online identity theft, financial fraud, stalking, bullying, hacking, email spoofing, information piracy and forgery, intellectual property crime and more) can, at best, wreak havoc in victims’ lives through major inconvenience and annoyance. At worst, cybercrime can lead to financial ruin and potentially threaten a victim’s reputation and personal safety.
  • Every age group is vulnerable to cyberbullying, but teenagers and young adults are common victims. Cyberbullying is a growing problem in schools. Cyberbullying has become an issue because the internet is fairly anonymous, which is appealing to bullies because their intimidation is difficult to trace. Unfortunately, rumors, threats and photos can be disseminated on the internet very quickly.

Earthquake Safety and 2021 Great Shakeout

Key Messages for Earthquake Safety and the 2021 Great Shakeout

  • The Great ShakeOut, held Oct. 21, 2021, is the world’s largest earthquake drill with over 11.3 million participants registered so far this year. Participation spans the United States and its territories, and 40 other countries.
  • While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing’s for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year! It’s actually a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year, and ShakeOut organizers and FEMA Region 3 are here to support you.
  • Follow the seven steps to earthquake safety:
    • Secure your space by identifying potential hazards in your home and securing moveable items.
    • Plan to be safe by create a family disaster preparedness plan and knowing how you’ll communicate in an emergency.
    • Organize disaster supplies in emergency kits.
    • Be financially prepared by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
    • Drop, Cover and Hold On when the earth shakes.
    • Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
    • Reconnect and restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding communities.

Talking Points for Earthquake Safety and 2021 Great Shakeout

  • This October, we’re encouraging the whole community to practice earthquake preparedness and take part in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills occurring across the country on Oct. 21.
  • Practicing how to respond to an earthquake can keep you safe!  In an earthquake, you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or objects fall on you.  If you practice often, you’ll be better prepared to respond.
  • Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified. Most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the earthquake
  • To prepare for an earthquake, identify safe places to go, such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall so when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. The safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.
    • Remember that an earthquake can occur at any time, so know your plans for where you’d go when you’re in your home, your office, your car, etc.
  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
    • DROP to the ground,
    • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table or crouching against an interior wall, and
    • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Suggested Tagline Quotes

Add the below tagline to your emails to remind friends, family, and fellow business owners to prepare for emergency scenarios:

–    Wayne Gerard Trotman

–      Nitya Prakash

–      Andrew Lewis

       –      Tristan Harris

–       Chris Pirillo

Social Media

Social Media for Earthquake Safety and 2021 Great Shakeout

  • #EarthquakePrep #TipOfTheDay Fasten heavy objects to the building structure.
  • #EarthquakePrep #TipOfTheDay Make sure all gas heaters and appliances are connected to the gas pipe through flexible tubing.
  • #EarthquakePrep #TipOfTheDay Relocate objects to avoid blocking exits.
  • #EarthquakePrep #TipOfTheDay Secure your wood stove to wall or floor studs. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher close at hand.
  • #ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill, is 10/21 Join us: ShakeOut.org/register.

Social Media for Cybersecurity and 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

  • #BeCyberSmart during Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021! Follow @CISAgov and @StaySafeOnline to get the latest updates throughout October!
  • #DYK in 2019 more than $3.5 billion was lost globally to cybercrime? Learn how to #BeCyberSmart and protect yourself by participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
  • Cybercriminals often impersonate big-name brands. Do you know how to protect yourself from #phishing scams? Visit cisa.com/cybersecurity-awareness-month to learn more! #BeCyberSmart
  • #DYK 7 million data records are compromised daily? #BeCyberSmart and learn how to protect your data online by visiting cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month
  • #DYK there’s a free cyber planner available to #smallbiz from @FCC? Find it here: fcc.gov/ cyberplanner #BeCyberSmart
  • Learn about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 by following @StaySafeOnline & @CISAgov staysafeonline.org & cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month #BeCyberSmart


John DiSpaldo

Federal Emergency Management Agency- Region III
Regional Preparedness Liaison
Individual and Community Preparedness Division
615 Chestnut Street
One Independence Mall, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404

m: 610.930.6869

E-mail: john.dispaldo@associates.fema.dhs.gov

TERACORE | Business – IT – Consulting
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RMD Current Significant Initiatives (9-28-21)

Click here to view RMD Current Significant Initiatives (10-4-2021) as PDF.

Risk Management Directorate (RMD) Status of Current Significant Initiatives   9/28/21

Risk Rating 2.0   

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is redesigning its insurance risk rating by leveraging industry best practices and current technology. FEMA will deliver rates that are fair, make sense, are easier to understand and better reflect a property’s unique flood risk. FEMA calls this effort Risk Rating 2.0. FEMA (RR 2.0) is transforming the NFIP into one that people value and trust and that best serves the nation. This requires FEMA to change the way it has historically viewed flood risk and priced flood insurance. RR 2.0 does not change the flood risk. It identifies the risk more robustly by leveraging FEMA’s high-quality mapping data, in combination with industry standard catastrophe models, to develop rating variables. These rating variables provide the data necessary to accurately assess the flood risk of a structure.

  • RMD is preparing for the official release of the new engine and rates by identifying the content and material that needs updating based on the changes to insurance rates as of October 1st.

2021 (Earthquake) ShakeOut Drill

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 10:21 AM, millions of participants in homes, schools, and organizations across the world will participate in this yearly earthquake drill. During this time, people should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there was a major earthquake occurring. The International ShakeOut Day, every third Thursday of October, is a day of individual and community events. ShakeOut features the largest earthquake drill ever organized to inspire others to get ready for big earthquakes and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. When your drill begins, remember to Drop, Cover, and Hold On! It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life.

An event like the Great ShakeOut correlates well with the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and two of the three overarching Strategic Goals: Build a Culture of Preparedness and Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. 2021 is also the 10-year anniversary of the Mineral, VA earthquake. Lastly, while COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing’s for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!

  • RMDs Earthquake team is working on preparing for the event. The team has met with External Affairs and is beginning coordination on amplification opportunities as we approach the date of the event. The program has submitted the Shakeout 2021 pitch paper for CCT and EA review/concurrence. Jon Foster, team lead, notified us that he has an opportunity to present to his daughter’s 1st grade class regarding earthquake drills on the Oct. 21.

National Risk Index (NRI)   

On August 16, FEMA announced the full application launch of the National Risk Index, an online resource that provides a holistic view of community risk. It provides baseline relative risk scores and ratings for 18 natural hazards, in addition to community resilience, social vulnerability, and expected annual loss. The tool was originally released in November 2020 in a limited capacity. Now, fully available for use by state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, the National Risk Index includes the ability to generate more customized analyses and reports, including community risk profiles and risk comparison reports for any county or Census tract, as well as several data updates and access to more information about the development of the Risk Index. Users can now share reports via unique links, save them as printable PDFs, or extract the underlying data in spatial or tabular formats. The tool’s data is collected from the best available resources from 2014 through 2019, and is expected to be routinely updated. The National Risk Index is free and easy to use by anyone interested in planning for mitigation or learning about their community’s natural hazard risks. Visit FEMA’s National Risk Index’s webpage for more information.

  • RMD supported the review/concurrence process ahead of the National Risk Index Roll-out in August. We met with the program regarding their External Affairs Guidance (EAG) and coordinated with External Affairs for additional amplification opportunities. NRI information was shared on RMD leadership’s LinkedIn profiles as well.

Building Codes Strategy 

FEMA will soon release the FEMA Building Codes Strategy. The Strategy defines the goals and objectives that FEMA will pursue to create a more resilient Nation through superior building performance. It calls on FEMA to align its efforts to help promote the adoption and enforcement of building codes and will coordinate and prioritize Agency activities to advance the adoption and enforcement of disaster resistant building codes and standards for FEMA programs and communities nationwide. The Strategy will be supported by an Implementation Plan and the Hazard Resistant Codes, Specifications and Standards for Risk Reduction Directive to provide operational guidance and requirements for the Agency.

  • RMD Comms Team members are participating in weekly conversations with the newly-created Building Codes Communication Club to discuss updates to the Building Codes Strategy.
  • The Strategy and Directive are set to go out for targeted review soon.

State and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guides  

The National Mitigation Planning Program initiated updates of the state and local mitigation planning policies in 2020. The mitigation planning policies, known as the “Guides,” are FEMA’s official interpretation of the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR §§201.4 and 201.5 for State, 44 CFR §201.6 for local). The primary purpose of the Mitigation Planning Policy Guides is to facilitate consistent evaluation and approval of local and state hazard mitigation plans. It is targeted at the Federal (and state, in the case of local plans) officials who review and approve hazard mitigation plans. FEMA requires that policies be reviewed, and if necessary, updated every four years. This allows FEMA to continually improve the policy guides to better support plan reviewers in meeting federal requirements. The guides were updated based on feedback received from stakeholder outreach and in alignment with the mitigation planning objectives of early and often engagement, plan integration and plan implementation. Climate adaptation, resilience, equity, capability and capacity building, floodplain management and the adoption and enforcement of modern building codes are highlighted. Both guides are updated to streamline and clarify content such as incorporating lessons learned into descriptions; consolidating acronyms and definitions; renaming and reorganizing sections; and adding references. The changes are the result of a months-long collaborative effort with different stakeholders and partners including regional planners, state and regional partners, academia, non-governmental organizations, and more. For the State Guide, the Mitigation Assistance Program provided significant input.

  • The External Affairs Guidance material is still being reviewed within the program. Once completed, it will be submitted for EA review/concurrence.
  • The program is targeting a December/January release date.

Hazus Loss Library Application (HLL)

Hazus is FEMA’s premier risk assessment/loss estimation tool.  It provides standardized tools and data for estimating risks from floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes. The Hazus Loss Library is an online (Hazus) repository of natural hazard risk information to support users in all phases of emergency management at the local, state, and federal levels. Curated by FEMA’s Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Program (NHRAP), the library will provide quantifiable, nationwide risk information through a free and open platform to improve mitigation strategies, strengthen planning exercises, and expedite recovery. The Hazus Loss Library is a collection of Hazus-generated products. These cover historic, deterministic and probabilistic modeling for flood, hurricane, earthquake and tsunami events across the country.

  • The HLL pitch paper was cleared through review/concurrence.
  • We have submitted the outreach material and EAG for review/approval.
  • The HLL Application is tentatively scheduled for an October release date.

RNPN Forum  

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will co-host the 6th Annual Partnership Forum this October. To reserve your spot at this year’s event, please click here. The virtual series will occur every Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m. ET and will explore building “Alliances for Climate Action.” Attendees will have an opportunity to dive into various perspectives around this topic; engage with other industry peers; and identify future opportunities for collaboration.

The series will cover the following topics each week:

  • October 6 – Our Future Vision
  • October 13 – When Climate Moves Communities
  • October 20 – Stories That Inspire
  • October 27 – Financing Climate Action
  • Brad Dean and the Comms Team continue to coordinate with External Affairs regarding the upcoming RNPN forum. Most notably, they are working on a press release from FEMA regarding the event, and joint coordination with NASA to promote the event across our internal and external channels.

Guides to Expanding Mitigation   

Mitigation is most successful when it is applied based on an approved hazard mitigation plan and involves partners from across a community. The Guides to Expanding Mitigation are designed to highlight the connection between mitigation and potential partners and are listed below:

  • Making the Connection to the Whole Community
  • Making the Connection to Agriculture
  • Making the Connection to the Arts and Culture
  • Making the Connection to Communications Systems
  • Making the Connection to Electric Power
  • Making the Connection to Equity
  • Making the Connection to Municipal Finance
  • Making the Connection to Public Health
  • Making the Connection to Transportation
  • RMD continues to coordinate with External Affairs and the FEMA web team to ensure timely delivery of the updated web page where the new Guides to Expanding Mitigation will live on FEMA.gov.

Hurricane Florence Survivor Story Video  

The video provides a testimony on how taking advantage of various FEMA programs and resources can protect life and property, as well as enable homeowners, who live in flood prone areas, to save money on flood insurance and get a return on their investment.

Video Overview: A family (the Dintino family) of a flooded home in North Carolina used their NFIP flood insurance money to not only recover, but also to mitigate their future risk. The family had to deal with local officials, flood maps, substantial damage, ICC coverage, contractors, freeboard, etc. His premium on his retrofitted home dropped by about 70% and after going through this experience, Mr. Dintino would like to tell his story so that it might help others. The video will be based on an interview with him, as well as lots of pictures and video and notes Mr. Dintino took throughout the process. He even used a house lifting company that recorded a short time-lapse video of the lift.

  • The video has been finalized for distribution.
  • Tentative release of the video will correspond with a Preparedness Month blog post and disaster response.
  • RMD Comms Team will coordinate to amplify the messaging on Mike Grimm and Nick Shufro’s LinkedIn once available.

High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) Grant Program Awards

The High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) Grant Awards provide technical, planning, design and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. A state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the State Administrative Agency or an equivalent state agency is eligible for the grant.

The Fiscal Year 2021 HHPD Grants were awarded on Friday, September 24th. The total funding available in FY 2021 was $11,640,000.

Region StateState Organization

FY21 Federal Share

INHNew Hampshire Dept. of Safety, Div. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management


IIPRElectric Power Authority


IIIMDMaryland Emergency Management Agency


IIIPAEmergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania$1,556,603
IIIVAVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Dam Safety and Floodplain Management$479,592
IVNCNorth Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources$672,901
IVSCSouth Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control$507,208
VINIndiana Department of Natural Resources$507,208
VMIMichigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy$396,745
VOHOhio Department of Natural Resources, Dam Safety$1,114,751
VIOKOklahoma Water Resources Board$949,058
VITXTexas Commission on Environmental Quality$1,556,603
IXCADepartment of Water Resources Safety of Dams$921,442
XORState of Oregon Water Resources Department$672,901
XWAWashington State Department of Ecology$507,208



FEMA Updated Pre-Calculated Benefit Memo for Non-Structural Flood Risk Reduction projects

(Click here to view attachment FEMA Pre-Calculated Benefit Memo (Updated) 09.29.21-2 in PDF.)

As of 9/29/21, FEMA’s Mitigation Directorate has updated its Pre-Calculated Benefit Memo that covers Non-Structural Flood Risk Reduction projects. This includes the Elevation of Structures, Property Acquisition or Buyouts along with Reconstructions.

Previously, if a structure’s Total Project Cost (TPC) to elevate was $175,000 or less then that property was considered cost-effective and a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) was not required to demonstrate cost-effectiveness. For acquisitions (buyouts), if a structure’s total project cost was $276,000 or less then it too was deemed to have demonstrated cost-effectiveness.

The newly adjusted amounts for pre-calculated benefits as of 9/30/21 are:

Elevations – $205,000 per structure
Acquisitions – $323,000 per structure

These changes represent an approximate 15% increase across the board for non-structural flood-risk reduction projects’ cost-effectiveness. Coupled with the historic funding levels available in this year’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Programs, these updates could not come at a better time. Meaning even more at-risk home and property owners and the communities they call home now have access to over a billion dollars in federal grant funding to help mitigate against the threat of chronic flooding and natural disasters.