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

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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): 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

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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 [], 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). []

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 [] using Docket ID: FEMA-2021-2024 []. 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.

Follow FEMA online [], on Twitter @FEMA [] or @FEMAEspanol [], on FEMA’s Facebook page [] or Espanol page [] and at FEMA’s YouTube [] account. Also, follow FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell’s activities @FEMA_Deanne [] []

Disaster News (10-29-2021)

National News

DC-Baltimore region braces for tidal flooding that could be the worst in two decades

The biggest tidal flood event in 20 years has over 20 million people under alerts for coastal flooding, and the DC-Baltimore area will be hardest hit. CNN reports flooding is expected to peak on Friday and linger through Saturday. Two to four feet of coastal flooding is likely with high wind warnings and wind advisories with wind gusts as high as 60 mph; downed trees, power lines and power outages are expected. Forecasters say long-term sea level rise from rising temperatures resulting from climate change makes coastal flooding events like this happen more frequently, with worsening impacts from higher floods. AccuWeather reports on top of coastal flooding, more soaking rain is on tap for the Northeast this weekend as cleanup operations continue from this week’s nor’easter. The heaviest rainfall is slated for southern and central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, southern New Jersey, far eastern West Virginia and northern Virginia starting Friday.

KOCO 5 INVESTIGATES: Cash for COVID-19 funerals

In Oklahoma, a KOCO News 5 (OK) investigation looks at the FEMA funeral aid program to see if people are gaming the system. The investigation determined how many times Oklahomans’ deaths were reclassified so a family member could get FEMA funeral money. The article notes that early in the pandemic people were reluctant to admit their loved ones died from COVID-19 or doctors just didn’t know and new information can lead to an updated death certificate that makes families eligible for the funeral aid. The article says the state Health Department expected an increased number of changes to death certificates because of the FEMA benefit, but they’ve had just 22 death certificates changed, although the number could be higher.

The article states Oklahoma accounts for $16.8 million of the more than $1 billion FEMA has spent on the program nationwide. More than 4,200 applications have been filed, with 2,600 hundred approved. KFOR News 4 (OK) reports thousands of Oklahomans grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19 are missing out on the opportunity to get help paying for funeral expenses.

On the 9th anniversary of superstorm Sandy, a plan to reform flood insurance

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is introducing a bipartisan bill to reform FEMA’s NFIP that is expected to be introduced Friday, the 9th anniversary of superstorm Sandy which damaged or destroyed more than 70,000 homes and caused billions of dollars in damage statewide. The Asbury Park Press (NJ) reports under the National Flood Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2021 annual flood insurance rate increases would be capped at 9 percent. The article notes about 217,200 homes in New Jersey are covered by flood insurance policies with an average premium of about $1,000 a year. The article says FEMA’s Risk Rating 2.0 could lead to rate hikes of 5 to 18 percent a year, creating “rate shock.” Menendez says, “I rang the alarm bells before they put it out. By having rate shock, you create a group of people who are not going to be able to afford it.”

Colorado prepares response plans as hospitalizations remain high, readies for 5-11 vaccine rollout

In Colorado, KOAA News 5 (CO) reports Gov. Jared Polis talking with FEMA about medical surge teams as hospitalizations remain high. Polis said Thursday his team has met with FEMA Region 8 officials to discuss submitting a request for federal support. The Denver Post (CO) reports if the situation doesn’t improve in the next few days, the state has five levers left to pull to include asking for FEMA backup. Related articles are The Gazette (CO) and KUSA News 9 Kyle Clark Show (CO).

Congressional Affairs
Senate: Not In Session
House: Not In Session
(Click on links for status/updates)
Hearings/Briefings/Other Events:


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

Click here to view AIA Floodplain Design Course Flyer (10-20-21) as a Word doc.

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*
*This webinar has ended. Please see the NHMA Webinars page for link to the recording.


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:

Shylea Wingard, MT NFIP/CAP Assistant at Ph (406) 444-1343 / Email:

Topic: Montana Floodplain Resource Seminar – Day 1 – October 18th
Time: Oct 18, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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)
Join Zoom Meeting
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)
Join Zoom Meeting
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

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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)

Register Here

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

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)