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  • Airport Operations Facility, City of Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida (November 2006)

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    In 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 Areas

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    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.

  • FY 2007 Repetitive Flood Claims Program Overview

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    Provides an overview of the FY 2007 RFC program for Applicants & Sub-applicants.
  • FY 2007 Repetitive Flood Claims Program Guidance

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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.

  • National Dam Safety Program: Dam Safety in the U.S.

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    As 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.
  • Living With Levee Systems: Information for Property Owners

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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.)

  • The NFIP and Levees: An Overview

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    The NFIP and Levees Fact Sheet is now available at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2609.
  • Tornado Safety Initiative: Saving Lives When Tornadoes Strike

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    Tornadoes 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.
  • National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Fact Sheet

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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).

  • Mitigation Planning Fact Sheet

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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

  • Mitigation Assessment Team Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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    This 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)

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    The 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.
  • Flood Map Modernization: New Data for Managing Risk

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    Flood 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.
  • Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

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    After 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.
  • Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources: Protecting Our Heritage

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    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ensures compliance with applicable Federal historic preservation laws and regulations and integrates these compliance requirements into its mission of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires FEMA to adequately consider the effects of its funding on properties listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (historic properties).
  • Floodplain Management Fact Sheet

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    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was established with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase flood insurance as protection against flood losses, while requiring State and local governments to enforce floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages. Over 20,000 communities participate in the NFIP.
  • Hazus Evaluation of 1906 Magnitude Earthquake in Today's Environment- Economic Loss

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    Depicted in this map are direct economic losses from a possible recurrence of the 1906 event. These losses include capital stock losses and income losses. These estimates are useful in quickly estimating the distribution of economic losses from earthquakes.

  • Hazus Evaluation of 1906 Magnitude Earthquake in Today's Environment - Displaced Households

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    Hazus-MH was used in the preparation of a study of building damage and losses likely to occur due to a repeat of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The map shows estimates of Displaced Households from a repeat of the 1906 event. Hazus-MH also estimates short-term shelter requirements. These products are very useful in assessing potential short-term shelter and long-term housing requirements following a major earthquake.

  • Hurricane Katrina: Ratio of Modeled Peak Gust Wind Speeds to Design Peak Gust Wind Speeds Poster

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    The maps show the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina's winds with respect to the design winds for the area affected by the storm. The maps helped FEMA communicate that for the majority of the area affected by Katrina, buildings designed to the correct national standards should have stood up to well to the winds.
  • Environmental Responsibilities: Integrating Environmental Compliance into FEMA's Mission

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    FEMA integrates environmental considerations into its mission of disaster response and recovery, mitigation, and preparedness. FEMA provides guidance to local, State, and Federal partners on environmental requirements, and engages in a review process to ensure that FEMA-funded activities, such as the selection of temporary housisng sites; debris management; reapir, hardening, and construction of infrastructure; hazard mitigation projects, etc. comply with Federal environmental laws and executive orders, protect people, and avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the environment.

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