Federal environmental and historic preservation laws and Executive Orders provide the basis and direction for the implementation of federal environmental and historic preservation review requirements for FEMA-funded projects. These laws and executive orders are aimed at protecting our nation's water, air, coastal, wildlife, land, agricultural, historical and cultural resources, as well as minimizing potential adverse effects to children, low-income and minority populations. Failure to comply with these laws could result in project delays and denial of funding. FEMA, through the Environmental and Historic Preservation Program, engages in a review process to ensure that FEMA funded activities comply with these laws.
Expediting the EHP Review
Applicants can greatly aid FEMA in streamlining the environmental and historic preservation review of proposed actions by:
- anticipating requirements under applicable laws;
- designing projects to address the requirements or avoid problem areas;
- writing good project descriptions;
- gathering useful information;
- IS-253 Coordinating Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance