• DNRC Floodplain Program Highground Newsletter

    Click here to view Floodplain Program Highground Newsletter Dec.2021(1) as a PDF.

    A Message from Traci Sears, NHMA Board

    Good afternoon,

    Please find the December 2021 DNRC Floodplain Program Highground Newsletter posted to the DRNC Floodplain Website.

    There is one item of importance that did not make it into the newsletter.  FEMA has extended the comment period on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Minimum Floodplain Management Standards by 45 days.  This is your chance to provide feedback on changes to 44 CFR 60.3 until January 27, 2022.

    2021-25336.pdf (govinfo.gov) [govinfo.gov]

    FEMA will also hold an additional public meeting remotely via web conference to gather public feedback on December 15 from 1:00-2:30 MST.   Two public meetings already occurred in November.  The objectives of the meeting are to:

    – Provide the public with information about the program.
    – Provide the public with information about how to access the notice and submit written comments.
    – Provide the public an opportunity to provide verbal feedback.

    Public meeting participation is limited to 1,000 attendees so don’t delay in signing up.
    Virtual Public Meeting on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Minimum Floodplain Management Standards Request for Information | FEMA.gov [fema.gov]

    Best Regards,

    Traci Sears, CFM
    Montana NFIP/CAP Coordinator
    Floodplain Program
    Montana DNRC
    1424 9th Ave.
    Helena, MT  59620-1601

  • GAO Report (10/25/21): FEMA Flood Maps: Better Planning and Analysis Needed to Address Current and Future Flood Hazards
  • FEMA Announces New NAC Memberships (11/30/2021)
  • Multi – Hazard Resilience Revolving Loan Program is coming

    A Message from Roderick Scott, CFM
    Flood Mitigation Industry Association
    November 29, 2021

    Hello NHMA,

    As the climate changes continue and accelerate, millions of the 3-4 million older high flood risk pre-FIRM buildings are at increasing risk of flooding and that translates into much higher flood insurance rates. Now we will ad the “grandfathered” buildings with NFIP 2.0, which may number 10-20 million buildings in US flood zones. The banks estimate the asset values at $1.5 trillion and the flood mitigation industry estimates the retro fit, hazard mitigation project costs at $600 billion. Flood hazard mitigation of our assets is a proven method of increasing flood resilience into the future.

    For the last 50 years the US has used a FEMA NFIP system for regulating development in US flood zones. A changing climate is now making us evaluate our systems in relationship to the changes. The millions of older buildings in flood zones, many historic, are a viable remnant of our settlement patterns along water ways. Urban and regional support communities have flood risks that are rising and a lot of rural America is facing dramatic drought or rising flood risk. The Treasury is engaged as are the Congress and Executive Branches of the US Government.

    Financing the retro fit has always been the big issue. Federal funding of mitigation of hazards pre and post disaster pale in comparison to the need/demand and the grants take forever to get on the ground for our industry to do our work. The idea of a revolving loan to finance the work has been batted around for over a decade. During the early days of NFIP reform there was a proposal to create a low interest long term loan program to finance flood mitigation projects. Then the Select Committee on the climate crisis issued a +400 page report on the needed adaptations to the changing climate. Included in those ideas was a multi hazard mitigation revolving loan program. In the spring of 2019 at a meeting in the Treasury Building, the banks asked our industry if we could keep up if financing was made available, the answer was financing was the issue and yes we would keep up with increased demand for our services. At the end of that meeting the banks told Treasury that if a revolving loan program was made law that they would be willing to loan the federal government several hundred billion dollars to finance the loan program. In late 2020 the STORM Act was passed out of Congress and signed into law in early 2021 – PL 116-284. The 2021 Infrastructure law funded the new loan program $500 million and now FEMA will write the program administration in advance of deployment.

    In preparation for the deployment of the revolving loans the states must create their own multi-hazard resilience revolving loan programs. For the last year the National Conference of Insurance Legislators – NCOIL has worked to develop model state resilience revolving loan program legislation. November 20, 2021 the NCOIL voted to approve and forward to the states the attached model legislation. Unfortunately their version did not include an important section providing an “Income Disadvantaged” forgivable option for state and local revolving loan programs. It is critical that the loan program provide governments the option for LMI property owner forgivable loans. This also aligns with the Biden Administration “Justice 40” Executive order. The attached State model version 5 is the complete bill and is the one we ask you review and offer out to states to get into law in 2022 sessions so that they are ready for a hoped for late 2023 launch of the loan program. This is historic and will be the largest multi-hazard mitigation program in US history.

    Thus begins a new era of financing natural hazard mitigation projects at the community and property level. Please have someone get back to me on this.

    Roderick Scott, CFM
    Flood Mitigation Industry Association

  • NAI Lunch & Learn Webinar: Recommendations for Including No Adverse Impacts (NAI) and Natural Beneficial Functions (NBF) into NFIP Management Standards * Dec. 15, 2021, 12-1:00pm EST

    NAI Lunch & Learn Webinar:

    Recommendations for Including No Adverse Impacts (NAI) and Natural Beneficial Functions (NBF) into NFIP Management Standards

    December 15, 2021, 12-1:00pm EST

    Dear Floodplain Officials & NAI Committee Members,

    The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM) No Adverse Impact (NAI) Committee, in conjunction with the ASFPM NAI Committee, is pleased to announce our next Webinar:

      • Topic: Recommendations for Including No Adverse Impacts (NAI) and Natural Beneficial Functions (NBF) into NFIP Management Standards
      • Host: Michael Baker International, Inc.
      • Presenter:  ASFPM No Adverse Impact (NAI) and Natural Beneficial Functions (NBF) Committees
      • Date and Time: Wednesday December 15, 2021 from 12-1:00pm EST

    *ASFPM has approved this webinar for (1) Continuing Education Credit (CEC)

    **Note you must register in advance and attend the entire presentation to receive CEC credit.


    1. Introductions and Roll Call (5 min)
    2. Webinar – Presentation (40 min)
    3. Question and Answer (10 min)
    4. Closing – Future Topics/Presenters (5 min)

    Thank you and we look forward to your participation.

    Sean Roche, PE, CFM, PMP
    GAFM NAI Committee Chairman
    ASFPM NAI Committee Education & Outreach Liaison

    To register for this training session
    Go to https://mbakermeet.webex.com/mbakermeet/k2/j.php?MTID=teaa73cc1b9e0407801b89fb5c7140cc8 and register.

    Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

    To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link

    For assistance
    You can contact Sean Roche at:


  • Please Remember NHMA on #GivingTuesday! (November 30, 2021)

    Click here to view GivingTuesday Message/Flyer as a PDF.

    Please remember NHMA in your charitable giving this year and every year!

    Please join us in supporting the NHMA goal of reducing disaster misery through local action.

    The best form of disaster Relief is no disaster relief, because a foreseeable natural process of this planet did not result in human suffering, damage to people and the environment and vast waste of resources. NHMA seeks to inspire, educate and inform about safer development and redevelopment so that harm from natural disasters are prevented; or at least do not reoccur. To engage in this effort, we need resources in addition to our volunteer donated time and effort. This effort, Disaster Risk Reduction, cuts across all political fear and hatred; it unites us in a common cause.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our 501 c 3 Educational Charity to assist us in spreading a non-political message of Disaster Risk Reduction, based on good sound community development decision making, including better and safer building codes, improved zoning and a Whole Community approach to development and redevelopment that fosters a better, more just and fair future.

    Thank you for your support!

  • National News (11/24/2021)

    Click here to view National News (11-24-2021) as a PDF


  • Nov. 18, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. ET: CERC Training Webinar: Engaging Tomorrow’s Resilience Decision Makers Today

    Click here to view Nov. 2021-CERC Webinar Flier-Youth Engagement as a pdf.

    Nov. 18, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. ET: CERC Training Webinar:
    Engaging Tomorrow’s Resilience Decision Makers Today

    Mitigation outreach and communication often are focused on local officials, property owners, community groups and others who make mitigation decisions today. But engaging youth— tomorrow’s decision makers—can pay huge dividends now and in the future.

    Join us on Thursday, November 18, at 1 p.m. ET for this one-hour Community Engagement and Risk Communication (CERC) webinar. Learn how youth engagement can enhance your community outreach efforts and build the next generation of resilience leaders!

    You’ll hear from:

    • Earth Force, a youth engagement nonprofit that works with a variety of organizations, including FEMA, to create experiences that engage young people as active citizens to improve the environment and their

    Three CERC teams that have recently launched mitigation, preparedness and nature-based solutions experiences for youth audiences.

    DATE: Thursday, November 18, 2021
    TIME: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time


    Participate via WebEx (COPY AND PASTE the link below to join the webinar): https://mbakermeet.webex.com/mbakermeet/j.php?MTID=m937a8caf8c89d4b9fe994ac0abbe5618 Password: 11182021

    Using telephone audio? We suggest using the WebEx “Call me” feature. Inbound phone lines may be limited.

    Audio Connection: 202-860-2110; Access Code: 2339 945 3694

    Click here to view Tips for Accessing WebEx – 07062021 (Nov. 2021) pdf.

  • Nov. 15, 2021: FEMA Hosts Public Meetings for Comment about Minimum Floodplain Management Standards

    Click here to view Nov.15,2021-FEMA Hosts Public Meetings for Comment about Minimum Floodplain Management Standards as a pdf.

    News Release

    FEMA Hosts Public Meetings for Comment about
    Minimum Floodplain Management Standards:

    Nov. 4, 2021 (2:30 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time)
    and Nov. 15, 2021 (3:30 – 5 p.m. Eastern Time)

    Request for Information on Federal Register until Dec. 13

    WASHINGTON — FEMA will conduct two 90-minute virtual public meetings to gather public feedback on the National Flood Insurance Program.

    The meeting will focus on the program’s floodplain management standards for land management and use and an assessment of the program’s impact on threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

    Initially published in the Federal Register on Oct. 12 [federalregister.gov], this request of information is to gather comments on opportunities to update the program’s minimum floodplain management standards to help communities become safer, stronger and more resilient. It also seeks input on minimum floodplain management standards that will promote conservation of threatened and endangered species and their habitats consistent with the Endangered Species Act, Section 7(a)(1). [fema.gov]

    Each meeting is open to the public and will cover the same content. Participants must register in advance and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis to provide a verbal comment. Registration is open for the following public meetings:

    On the registration page, registrants can indicate if they have an interest in providing a three-minute verbal comment during a meeting.

    Additional Information About the Request for Information

    The type of feedback that is most useful to the agency includes feedback that:

    • Identifies opportunities for the agency to improve the minimum floodplain management standards for land management and use.
    • Identifies specific program components that promote conservation of threatened and endangered species and their habitats.
    • Refers to specific barriers to community participation.
    • Aligns the program with the improved understanding of flood risk and flood risk reduction approaches.
    • Identifies better incentives for communities and policyholders, particularly for Endangered Species Act-listed species and critical habitats.
    • Offers actionable data.
    • Specifies viable alternatives to existing approaches that meet statutory obligations.

    In addition to providing verbal comments at the public meetings, any interested person can submit written comments to the Federal Register notice.  Written comments can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal [regulations.gov] using Docket ID: FEMA-2021-2024 [regulations.gov]. Click on the “Comment” button and complete the form. The comment period closes on Dec. 13.

    FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters.

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  • October 2021 RMD National News Flash

    Click here to view October 2021 RMD National News Flash as a read-only doc.