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  • Integrating Manmade Hazards Into Mitigation Planning

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    Although mitigation planning traditionally focused on planning for natural hazards, events such as the September 11, 2001, attacks, the July 2001 Baltimore hazardous material train derailment suggested that the time had come to incorporate terrorism and technological hazards into all aspects of emergency management planning, not just preparedness and response. Scores of smaller-scale incidents and accidents reinforced the need for communities to reduce their vulnerability to future terrorist acts and technological disasters. How-To Guide # 7 (FEMA 386-7) assumes that a community is engaged in the mitigation planning process and serves as a resource to help the community expand the scope of its plan to address terrorism and technological hazards. ** FEMA provides state and local governments with preparedness program funding in the form of Non-Disaster Grants to enhance the capacity of state and local emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from a weapons of mass destruction terrorism incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices and cyber attacks. For more information, please see the Preparedness Grants Program page at http://www.fema.gov/preparedness-non-disaster-grants. To find funding opportunities with other Federal agencies, please visit the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance web site at https://www.cfda.gov/.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance

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    Provides an overview of the FMA program.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance Brochure

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    Provides an overview of the FMA program
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Brochure

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    Overview of the FMA program
  • FY 2004 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance

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    Provide guidance for implementing the FY04 FMA program.
  • FY 2005 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance

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    Provides guidance on implementing the FY05 FMA program.
  • FY 2006 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance

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    Provides guidance for implementing the FY06 FMA program.
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Planning

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    Mitigation Planning How-To Guide #8, (FEMA 386-8), the eighth guide in the State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Series, provides suggestions to local governments for preparing multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans. A multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan is a plan prepared jointly by more than one jurisdiction and may include any county, municipality, city, town, township, school district or other special district, council of governments or other regional organization, Indian tribe or Alaska Native village, or unincorporated areas. Multi-jurisdictional plans pose special considerations that single-jurisdiction plans may not need to address; but there are benefits as well, such as cost savings to prepare plans, shared staff and resources, and comprehensive approaches to mitigation hazards that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
  • National Flood Insurance Program Summary of Coverage

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    This document was prepared by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help you understand your flood insurance policy. It provides general information about deductibles, what is and is not covered by flood insurance, and how items are valued at time of loss.

  • State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance (Mitigation Planning "Blue Book")

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    FEMA developed the State Mitigation Planning “Blue Book” to help States better understand the FEMA mitigation planning regulations cited in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at Title 44, Chapter 1, Part 201 (44 CFR Part 201). FEMA prepared the “Blue Book” with two major objectives. First, the "Blue Book" is designed to help Federal reviewers evaluate mitigation plans from States in a fair and consistent manner. Second, the "Blue Book" is intended to help States develop new mitigation plans or modify existing ones in accordance with the requirements of the regulations cited at 44 CFR Part 201. The State “Blue Book” and Local “Blue Book” incorporate feedback provided to FEMA by State, local, and Indian Tribal officials and address issues that have arisen since the initial guidance was developed. FEMA continues to monitor the progress of State, local, and Indian Tribal entities as they develop their plans, working in partnership with them to help ensure their success.

  • Hurricane Katrina Wind Water Line (WWL) Reports (Mississippi)

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    Wind Water Line (WWL) Maps were developed for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to document the extent of flooding caused by storm surge that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. WWL Maps provide an approximate boundary between areas that suffer from both wind and flood damage versus areas further inland where wind is the primary cause of damage.
  • Hurricane Katrina Wind Water Line (WWL) Reports (Louisiana)

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    Wind Water Line (WWL) Maps were developed for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to document the extent of flooding caused by storm surge that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. WWL Maps provide an approximate boundary between areas that suffer from both wind and flood damage versus areas further inland where wind is the primary cause of damage.
  • Hurricane Katrina Wind Water Line (WWL) Reports (Alabama)

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    Wind Water Line (WWL) Maps were developed for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to document the extent of flooding caused by storm surge that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. WWL Maps provide an approximate boundary between areas that suffer from both wind and flood damage versus areas further inland where wind is the primary cause of damage.
  • Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning

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    The importance of integrating historic property and cultural resource considerations into mitigation planning has been made all too apparent in disasters that have occurred in recent disasters, such as the Northridge Earthquake, the Midwest floods, and Hurricane Katrina. Whether a disaster impacts a major community museum, a historic "main street," or collections of family photographs, the sudden loss of historic properties and cultural resources can negatively impact a community's character and economy, and can affect the overall ability of the community to recover from a disaster. "How-To" Guide #6 (FEMA 386-6) shows communities, step by step with the needed tools and resources, how to develop and then implement a pre-disaster planning strategy for historic properties and cultural resources. While the emphasis is on the built environment, this Guide includes cultural institutions to address the mitigation of cultural heritage, including museum collections, works of art, and books and documents.
  • Bringing the Plan to Life: Implementing the Hazard Mitigation Plan

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    Mitigation Planning How-To Guide #4, the fourth guide in the State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Series, discusses how to implement the hazard mitigation plan. The implementation process puts the planning team's hard work into motion and focuses on the actions necessary to establish and maintain the effectiveness of the plan as a fundamental tool for risk reduction. This Guide leads communities, States, Indian Tribal, and other entities through the formal adoption of the plan and discusses how to implement, monitor, and evaluate the results of mitigation actions to keep the mitigation plan relevant over time.
  • Developing the Mitigation Plan: Identifying Mitigation Actions and Implementation Strategies

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    Mitigation Planning How-To Guide # 3 (FEMA 386-3, the third guide in the State And Local Mitigation Planning How-To Series, is about developing the mitigation strategy and documenting the planning process. This Guide builds on the resources and organizational framework discussed in Mitigation Planning How-To Guide # 1 (FEMA 386-1) and the results of the loss estimation conducted according to Mitigation Planning How-To Guide # 2 (FEMA 386-2). This Guide provides planners the tools necessary to develop mitigation goals and objectives, identify and prioritize mitigation actions, formulate an implementation strategy, and assemble the planning document.
  • Historic Preservation Program: Guidance for Photographing Historic Properties

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    This document provides guidance to FEMA staff on how to properly photograph properties for which FEMA funding may be used to repair or mitigate disaster damage. It discusses choosing the proper camera as well as levels of photographic documentation.
  • Integrating Environmental Review Into the Temporary Group Housing Site Selection Process

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    The purpose of this brochure is to introduce Federal, State, Tribal and local officials to to the scope, concepts, issues, timing, and key FEMA staff to be contacted for integrating Federally mandated environmental and historic preservation review into the temporary group housing site selection process. Key issues examined are hazardous materials; floodplains and wetlands; socioeconomic and environmental justice; air, water and soil resources; noise and visual resources; historic and cultural resources; threatend and endangered species.
  • FEMA Historic Preservation Desk Reference

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    This Desk Reference provides information on FEMA's Historic Preservation Program and its implementation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. The desk references cites Federal preservation laws and executive orders that apply to the built environment, archaeological resources and Native American sites. Steps for completing the historic review process are included as well as examples of policy and corresponce with Federal, State and Tribal officials.
  • Understanding Your Risks: Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses

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    Mitigation Planning How-To Guide # 2 (FEMA 386-2), the second guide in the State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Series, provides step-by-step guidance on how to perform a risk assessment. Through a series of general and hazard-specific guidance and worksheets, the guide will help State, Indian Tribal, and local planning teams determine (1) which natural hazards could affect a jurisdiction; (2) what areas of the jurisdiction are vulnerable to the hazards; (3) what assets will be affected; and (4) to what degree they will be affected, as measured through dollar losses. This Guide is multi-hazard in scope, addressing flood, earthquake, tsunami, tornado, coastal storm, landslide and wildfire hazards. For communities dealing with multiple hazards, guidance is also provided on how to develop a composite loss estimate. Once the risk assessment is completed, State. Indian Tribal, and local officials will have the information necessary to develop a strategy and plan for reducing their losses.

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