FEMA is seeking feedback from state, local, Tribal and territorial stakeholders and the general public on how communities use hazard mitigation funding through the Public Assistance Program. Public comments can be submitted via an online Request for Information posted on fema.gov through December 21, 2022.
Public Assistance Hazard Mitigation
FEMA provides support to state, local, Tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments to respond to and recover from major disasters through the Public Assistance (PA) Program. PA applicants may apply for hazard mitigation funding to increase the resilience of disaster-damaged facilities. The purpose of PA Mitigation funding under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act is to provide assistance for cost-effective hazard mitigation measures that reduce the potential for future damage to a facility from a disaster event. PA Mitigation is in addition to any code and standard upgrade requirements.
To be eligible for funding, mitigation measures must be cost-effective using a benefit-cost analysis. FEMA developed a list of hazard mitigation measures pre-determined to be cost-effective up to 100 percent of repair costs as a streamlining tool. That list is contained in Appendix J of the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG V4).
In support of the agency’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan goals to instill equity and foster climate resilience, FEMA is seeking input to add additional measures to the list of cost-effective hazard mitigation measures in Appendix J. This effort aims to increase use of PA hazard mitigation funding and promote greater resiliency by making a larger selection of hazard mitigation measures more readily available to SLTTs, without the need for them to further demonstrate cost-effectiveness.
The public comment period is open from November 21 through December 21, 2022. Comments should be submitted via the online form at FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on Cost-Effective Hazard Mitigation Measures | FEMA.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact Office of External Affairs:
Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov
Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov
Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov
Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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