FY 2015 HMA Guidance Webinars
Significant changes have been made to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance, a comprehensive document that details the specific criteria of the three HMA programs: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) HMA Guidance provides stakeholders with updates and refinements of program policies and practice. These enhancements will promote resilience, and streamline application review, eligibility requirements, project cost estimate and implementation.
The changes apply to the HMGP for disasters declared on or after the date of publication, as well as the upcoming PDM and FMA application cycles. Since the last update to the HMA Guidance in 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) developed regulations that streamline language from eight existing OMB Circulars. DHS adopted the Super Circular on December 26, 2014, and FEMA has implemented these changes in the updated guidance.
FEMA will be hosting webinars to discuss the new guidance on March 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET, March 18, 10:30-11:45 a.m. ET and March 19. 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET. Participants can dial-in using conference number 1 (800) 320-4330 and 031-155 for the conference PIN and join the webinar via Adobe Connect.
FY15 HMA Guidance Changes
Changes to the HMA Program Guidance include:
– Climate Change/Resilience:
Recognizes challenges posed by climate change that may have impacts on mitigation. Applicants and sub-applicants can use the additional HMGP 5 percent initiative toward adopting and/or incorporating disaster resistant building codes.
– 2 Code of Federal Regulations Part 200: The OMB Super Circular:
Adopts the regulations in the OMB Super Circular that outlines the federal government’s framework for grants management, and are applicable to FEMA grants issued on or after December 26, 2014.
– Mitigation Planning Changes:
Requires states to update mitigation plans every five years, which provides the applicant with greater flexibility to shift their resources to other important or pending mitigation activities listed in the plan.
– New Benefit-Cost Analysis Methodologies:
Incorporates new methodologies for residential hurricane wind projects and the acquisition of properties in landslide hazard areas that are at risk of immediate threat.
– Various Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Clarifications:
Enhances efforts to streamline the EHP review process, including defining the frontloading process (promoting the fuller consideration of EHP compliance requirements and impacts to a proposed project during project development).
– Resources and Job Aids:
Includes 23 resources and job aids to assist in HMA program delivery. Examples are:
— Homeowner’s Guide to the HMGP answers some common questions that homeowners have about implementing post-disaster projects.
— Federally Recognized Tribes and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program discusses benefits and responsibilities of federally-recognized tribes if they become an applicant or sub-applicant.
— Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation job aid discusses FEMA programs designed to promote community resilience.
— Closeout Toolkit includes frequently asked questions and a checklist to help recipients prepare for sub-award closeout activities.
— EHP Section 106 Overview includes process flowchart and information on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision making process.
The HMA Guidance consolidates each program’s eligibility information, outlines the common elements, and spells out the unique requirements among the programs so that federal, state, federally recognized tribal, territorial, and local officials can easily identify key similarities between the various programs. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
HMA Home Page: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance
FEMA Regional Offices: http://www.fema.gov/regional-operations
FEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officers: http://www.fema.gov/state-hazard-mitigation-officers
HMA Helpline: 866.222.3580