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HMA - Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) 2013

This site provides information about documents issued to support implementation of SRIA.

FEMA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON THE HAZARD MITIGATON GRANT PROGRAM -   PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION BY STATES

On March 12, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Program Administration by States.  FEMA is seeking public comment on implementing Section 404(c) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c(c), regarding administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  The public’s input will help inform the development of this new method of program delivery that may provide states and tribes with increased oversight as they implement the grant program.  The Notice contains a series of questions about various aspects on state administration of the HMGP.  The concerns and recommendations raised by the public will be used to guide development of program regulations.

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the notice.  Comments can be submitted throught the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: FEMA-2014-0013.  The deadline for public comments is 05/12/2014.

Program Administration by States
 

SRIA provided FEMA with the authority to implement HMGP Program Administration by States (PAS) as a pilot program concurrently with the development of regulations that will formalize the program. States and tribes that wish to participate in the Pilot may be delegated defined responsibilities by FEMA based on an analysis of their staffing plan, grants management, and hazard mitigation experience, and demonstrated past performance.  In return, for assuming additional responsibilities, Grantees will have increased control and oversight in implementing the program.  

HMGP Program Administration by States Guidance

Streamline HMGP

SRIA directed FEMA to streamline Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) activities and implement the program in a timelier manner. FEMA will continue to incorporate efficiencies and best practices and encourage state partners, stakeholders and regional staff to identify additional actions as well. 

The six areas (besides Program Administration by States and Advance Assistance) where FEMA and the States will collaborate to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HMGP include:

  • Minimum criteria for complete application
  • Timeframes for review actions and decisions
  • Phasing projects
  • Industry cost guides for estimates
  • Industry design and construction standards
  • Pre-calculated benefits

These opportunities for improvement have been included in the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance, which was released on July 12, 2013 and are also applicable to other HMA programs (Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation).

Disaster Relief Appropriations Sandy Disasters

This 6-month HMGP lock-in calculation will no longer guarantee minimum funding for HMGP.   The 12-month lock-in is the maximum amount available. FEMA will review all submitted projects and obligate funds based on the Grantee's prioritization, up to the 75 percent limit. Prior to 12 months, total obligations are limited to not more than 75% of any current estimate.

Advance Assistance Pilot  

SRIA gives FEMA the authority to provide up to 25 percent of the amount of estimated HMGP costs to States and Tribes in advance of incurring eligible costs. The purpose of Advance Assistance is to provide States and Tribes resources to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select and develop complete HMGP applications in a timely manner. The amount of assistance is limited to 25 percent of the HMGP ceiling or $10 million, whichever is less.  Advance Assistance is not automatic.  

States and Tribes may request Advance Assistance by submitting an HMGP application form provided in the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance to the Regional Mitigation Division Director. Additional guidance is provided on what Advance Assistance can be used for as well as general programs requirements and deliverables. Advance Assistance is subject to the HMGP cost share requirements and strategic funds management (i.e. FEMA will not obligate funds until the State has an immediate need for the funds). Advance Assistance is part of the HMGP ceiling amount.

Guidance for Use of Best Available Data

For Hazard Mitigation Assistance projects, the data provided in the Best Available Data memorandum will be used as a minimum design standard unless higher elevation are required by locally adopted codes or standards.

Advisory Base Flood Elevations: Where They Will Apply:

  • Advisory Base Flood Elevations will be in effect in ten (10) counties in New Jersey: Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Union County.
  • Advisory Base Flood Elevations will be in effect in six (6) counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Richmond County, Queens County, Westchester County.

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Last Updated: 
03/13/2014 - 14:44