- Go to ResourceThis poster describes the steps that the city of St. George, Utah took to reduce flooding losses and shows the positive effects that resulted.
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FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) conduct engineering analyses after major natural disasters to assess damage to government facilities, homes, businesses, and other structures, and to determine the causes of structural failures and successes. Based on a comprehensive analysis of data, the teams prepare recommendations regarding construction codes and standards, building design issues, and best practices that communities and the construction industry can use to reduce damages in future disasters. The program works in collaboration with State and local government, and draws on a wide range of technical expertise from the private sector.
Hurricane Katrina: GIS Spatial Analysis of Flood Impacts in Mississippi- Post Hurricane Katrina Advisory Base Flood Elevation and Q3 ComparisonGo to ResourceImmediately after Katrina, FEMA conducted assessments of coastal flood elevations, called ABFEs in Mississippi and Louisiana to provide State and Local officials with more accurate data and to guide local decisions regarding reconstruction. Since flood damage is not covered under homeowners insurance, residents of structures without flood insurance could only recoup damages caused by non-flood sources.
Hurricane Katrina: GIS Spatial Analysis of Flood Impacts in Mississippi - Residential Substantially Damaged Buildings in Relation to the Advisory Base Flood Elevations and Q3Go to ResourceThe map depicts Q3 data for substantially damaged residential structures located within the 100- and 500-year floodplain. Of the 2,342 structures damaged by the hurricane, 91% received damages that cost over 50% of the fair market value before Katrina. More than 50% of the damaged buildings were greater than 90% damaged.
- Go to ResourceIn compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations, FEMA has prepared this Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed project to build a new Airport Operations Facility at the City of Vero Beach Municipal Airport. The proposed building would replace two hangars that were destroyed by Hurricane Frances in September 2004. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is considering funding the City of Vero Beach’s proposed project. The Draft EA indicates that there are no significant adverse impacts from the proposed action. The public was invited to comment on the Draft EA through November 28, 2006.
Hurricane Katrina: GIS Spatial Analysis of Flood Impacts in Mississippi- Damaged Primary Residences Outside the High Risk Flood AreasGo to Resource
Roughly 25 percent of flood insurance claims are for structures that are in low- to moderate-risk areas. The map shows the damaged primary residences, outside the high risk flood area, having homeowners insurance but not flood insurance and the depth of flooding suffered.
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Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) grant program provides funding to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that have had one or more claim payments for flood damages.
- Go to ResourceAs lead Federal agency for the National Dam Safety Program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating efforts to secure the safety of dams throughout the United States. Congress’ passage of the Dam Safety and Security Act of 2002 reauthorized the program for a four-year period. The program makes Federal funds available to the States, which are primarily responsible for protecting the public from dam failures of non-Federal dams, and pursuing initiatives that enhance the safety and security of dams posing the greatest risk to people and property.
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This Fact Sheet, dated November 2010, provides important information about levee systems for homeowners, business owners, and other citizens who live and work in levee-impacted areas throughout the United States. (Available in English and Spanish.)
- Go to ResourceTornadoes are incredibly violent events and sufficient warning is not always possible. People need to be ready to take shelter immediately. FEMA works with its partners to support initiatives that protect people from severe wind events. The agency assesses building damages and identifies lessons learned after tornadoes; funds research on shelter design and construction standards; develops best practices and technical manuals on safe rooms and community shelters; and produces public education materials on tornado preparedness and response.
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Established by Congress in 1977, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) works to reduce risks to life and property resulting from earthquakes. Focusing on research, building code standards, technical guidance, and education, NEHRP is a collaborative effort among the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
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Hazard mitigation planning is the process State, local, and tribal governments use to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property in future hazard events. The process results in a mitigation plan that offers a strategy for breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage, and a framework for developing feasible and cost-effective mitigation projects. Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), State, local and tribal governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance. Find further information on the Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources page: http://www.fema.gov/plan/mitplanning/resources.shtm
- Go to ResourceThis collecetion of Frequently Asked Questions addresses the Mitigation Assessment Team's role in hazard mitigation as well as explaining the rebuilding process.
Draft Environmental Assessment, Diamondhead WWTP Relocation Project, Hancock County, MS (November 2006)Go to ResourceThe Diamondhead Water and Sewer District (District) has applied to FEMA for assistance with a flood mitigation project for the Diamondhead Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Hancock County, Mississippi. The WWTP was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The District proposes to relocate the WWTP to higher ground outside of the floodplain. FEMA proposes to provide assistance for this project through its Public Assistance Program. To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, this Draft Environmental Assessment was prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project.
- Go to ResourceFlood Map Modernization (Map Mod) is FEMA’s multi-year effort to update and transform National Flood Insurance Program flood maps into more reliable, easy-to-use, and readily available digital products. Map Mod enables communities and citizens across the country to more efficiently obtain flood hazard data, learn about their flood risk, and make informed decisions about development, floodplain management, and mitigation projects.
- Go to ResourceAfter disaster events, FEMA provides technical assistance to State and local governments to preserve historic, cultural and natural aspects of national heritage throughout the recovery process. These Frequently Asked Questions explain the basics of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Program and answer questions on funding and resources.