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ADVISORY: FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums


FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.

To avoid a lapse in coverage, there is typically a 30-day grace period to renew National Flood Insurance Program policies. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from this pandemic, FEMA recognizes that policyholders may not meet the standard deadline.

This extension will allow additional time for policyholders who may be struggling financially to pay insurance premiums and ensure their policies are not cancelled for nonpayment of premium due to circumstances beyond their control.

If a policy has an expiration date between February 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the appropriate renewal premium within 120 days of the expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage. Likewise, if a policyholder receives an underpayment notice dated between February 13, 2020, and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the additional premium amount requested within 120 days of the date of the notice.

Policyholders who need additional time to pay their premiums, beyond the 120-day extension, should contact their agent or insurer to inquire about other options the insurer may offer for premium payment.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov.

NHMA RNN Member to be recognized by an award at this year’s 2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop!

February 27, 2020

Greater Muncy Resiliency Project Receives National Excellence Award 

MUNCY, Lycoming County – Lycoming County has received the first ever national Excellence in Mitigation Innovation Award for work as part of the Greater Muncy Resiliency project. Awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this award honors members of the mitigation community and projects that demonstrate excellence in mitigation throughout the communities they serve.

Click here to view the Muncy-Award-Media-Release[2020-2-27] in pdf.

Previously, Muncy Borough was accepted as a FEMA Resilience Neighbors Network (RNN) partner, a  program designed to link together communities working to become safer, disaster-resilient, and sustainable.

The County will receive the award  at the March 2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop in Emmitsburg, MD. 

Click here to view the2020_HM_Partners_Workshop_Agenda

The Greater Muncy Resiliency Plan, funded by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020 and will serve as model for resiliency.

If you have further questions, please contact Jenny Picciano, Community Development/ Lead Planner for the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development at 570-320-2136 or jpicciano@lyco.org.

From: fema-2020hmworkshop <fema-2020hmworkshop@fema.dhs.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:20 PM
To: Chelsea Blair <CBlair@lyco.org>
Cc: fema-2020hmworkshop <fema-2020hmworkshop@fema.dhs.gov>
Subject: 2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop Award Winner

Hi Chelsea,

The 2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop is hosting its first ever award ceremony. This award ceremony will honor those members of the mitigation community that are demonstrating excellence in mitigation throughout the communities they serve. We received many nominations for the partners that are doing such great work. I am happy and honored to announce that you were selected as the winner for Excellence in Mitigation Innovation Award for your work on the Muncy Area Resiliency Project.

You and your hard work will be honored at the 2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at EMI in Emmitsburg, Maryland. We would be honored if you would attend and we are extending an invite for your participation in the full week of activities and fellowship with your fellow mitigators. The details of the event are listed below. Please let us know if you will be able to attend. We apologize for the short window but if you could please let us know if you will be attending by Friday, February 21, 2020 it will ensure that we can get you registered to attend in a timely manner. I have attached the preliminary workshop agenda for your viewing. Please let me know if you have any questions about the award or your attendance.

Again, congratulations on your immense work and being nominated by your colleagues for your Excellence in Mitigation Innovation.

2020 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop
March 23-26, 2020
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emmitsburg, Maryland


Tiffany Parker
2020 Hazard Mitigation Workshop Team


FEMA Training Course: E2460 Advanced Building Science Series I – April 27-30, 2020, Emmitsburg, MD

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce a training course opportunity: E2460 Advanced Building Science Series I for engineers, architects, floodplain managers and building code officials.

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020

Dates: April 27 -April 30, 2020; 4 days in length.

Location: Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
This advanced-topics course addresses the ever-changing challenges faced from flood and wind risk through a comprehensive approach of best-practice mitigation, code compliance, designing for future conditions, and FEMA policies and funding mechanisms aimed at achieving higher standards.

The four-day course is comprised of six half- and full- day modules that will focus on:
1. Flood and Wind Provisions of the I-Codes and ASCE-24
2. Strategies for Maximizing Floodproofing Success
3. Steps to a Successful Elevation
4. Incorporating Future Conditions into Flood Design
5. Wind Mitigation for Buildings: Policies & Procedures for Successful Recovery
6. Critical Building Performance for Wind

This course seeks to:

  • Reinforce learning concepts through comprehensive exercises and exposure to FEMA Building Science Branch products, risk map tools, and other industry resources.
  • Promote increased compliance of hazard-resistant building codes and floodplain management ordinances through better understanding of the relationships of the I-Codes, NFIP, and ASCE-24.
  • Increase participant knowledge of flood and wind hazard best practice, mitigation strategies and lessons learned through post-disaster, FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team observations.
  • Provide solutions for designing for future conditions, to help communities adapt to probable future flood hazards and lifetime building performance and operation requirements.

Target Audience:
Designers, building code professionals, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation/municipal planners, and persons with building science knowledge.

It is recommended that participants complete EMI resident course E0312 (Fundamentals of Building Science) or independent study courses IS-279.a (Introduction to Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings) and IS-386 (Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction) prior to the class.

EMI awards 2.8 CEUs for completion of this course and ASFPM awards 12 CECs for completion of this course.

How to Apply:
If interested, follow instructions located at https://training.fema.gov/apply/. This includes filling out FEMA Form 119-25-1 (https://training.fema.gov/apply/119-25-1.pdf) and emailing the form to netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov. Registration deadline is March 13th, 2020.

Job Openings: Climigration Network Manager – Application Deadline March 5, 2020

The Climigration Network (https://www.climigration.org) is seeking a full-time Network Manager. Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in collective action networks, facilitation, strategic thinking, project management, and fundraising.

The Climigration Network is a social-impact network that serves as an innovation hub for communities, institutions, and practitioners focused on managed retreat. This full-time position will be contracted through the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), the fiscal and administrative host of the Network.

The deadline for applications is March 5, 2020. Learn more about the position and how to apply here (https://www.climigration.org/jobs).


FEMA 2020 Dam Failure Life Loss Consequence Workshop – August 19-20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

From: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Subject: FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program to Host 2020 Dam Failure Life Loss Consequence Workshop

FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program to Host 2020 Dam Failure Life Loss Consequence Workshop

Hosted by FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program, the 2020 Dam Failure Life Loss Consequence Workshop will take place August 19-20 in Washington, DC. The workshop has been developed to provide dam owners, emergency managers, regulators and other relevant stakeholders with a forum to discuss the needs of the industry in better estimating potential life loss consequence from dam failure. Better understanding of the risks from this potential consequence will enable owners to operate more safely; regulators to have confidence in the evolving industry practice; and practitioners to have suitable tools to respond to the needs of the industry.

The workshop will highlight the importance of defining dam failure scenarios and assessing life loss consequences through the presentation of tools and case studies. The full range of social, institutional, and environmental consequences will be addressed during the workshop, including a focus on direct and indirect economic consequences and loss of life estimation.

Participants will participate in the forum to openly present and share ideas on current industry practice, improvements to current methods, and possible new avenues for development. From these discussions, a goal of the workshop is to ensure the tools used to quantify life safety risks from dam failure are being suitably developed and refined to meet the needs of the industry, regulators and practitioners.

Through this forum:

  • Industry practitioners can share their experiences with current or evolving methods for discussion on what is working well and what can be improved;
  • Developers of estimation methods can present their current practices, and receive input on their refinement; and
  • Regulators can share policy needs to ensure practices can meet these requirements or be informed of new methods and provide input on how they may become accepted practice.

Spots are still available. To register for the workshop visit click here!

This course is intended for dam owners, professional staff of dam safety and dam security programs, emergency managers at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, and dam safety, dam security, and incident management personnel from the private sector who need to define and estimate consequences of dam failure scenarios.

For additional information on FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program please visit: https://www.fema.gov/national-dam-safety-program