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Webinar Series 2019: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) passed important reforms to federal disaster programs and amended many sections of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act including Section 203, Pre-Disaster Mitigation. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA, and build the nation's capacity for the next catastrophic event.

FEMA and its partners are working on the development and implementation of DRRA Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program, which FEMA has named Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures. A series of webinars held in June 2019 provided a brief overview of the BRIC program development and facilitated an open conversation with stakeholders through the chat platform. Participants were encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas in real-time during these webinars or had the option to provide comments on a dedicated idea sharing platform known as Ideascale. The archived comments are available at https://fema.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/61112.

FEMA continues to monitor a dedicated email box for any comments or suggestions about the development of BRIC at buildbric@fema.dhs.gov.

 

Webinar 1 – June 6, 2019: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects and Community Lifelines

The webinar began with a 20-minute general update about the BRIC program design and development process. FEMA envisions that this program will incentivize new, innovative large infrastructure projects. In addition, the program will incorporate community lifelines. Lifelines are critical interdependent systems that enable continuous operation of government functions and critical business, and are essential to human health and safety or economic security. During the open forum, FEMA asked participants to share their thoughts about how the agency can best provide technical assistance to state, tribe, territory and local governments for infrastructure mitigation projects that also incorporate community lifelines.

A recording of the webinar presentation is available at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181193.

Webinar 2 – June 13, 2019: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application and Evaluation, and Risk Based Funding

The webinar began with a 20-minute general update about the BRIC program design and development process. The webinar then focused on three topics: hazard mitigation planning, grant applications and evaluation, and risk-based funding.  The webinar aimed to explore how state, territorial, tribal, and local governments can best leverage FEMA funding for hazard mitigation planning to guide investments in activities and projects that will break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA encouraged webinar participants to provide input on how to improve or streamline the grant application form and overall submission process for BRIC projects. The webinar also included discussion and feedback about the various options for developing a risk-based methodology for grants.

A recording of the webinar presentation is available at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181299.

Webinar 3 – June 20, 2019: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis

The webinar began with a 20-minute general update about the BRIC program design and development process. FEMA asked participants to provide comments and thoughts about what the agency can do to improve project funding and resource management. In addition, FEMA also presented on and asked for feedback on how to evaluate the future benefits of BRIC hazard mitigation projects compared to the cost of completion which is also known as Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA).

A recording of the webinar presentation is available at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181444.

Webinar 4 – June 25, 2019: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability

The webinar began with a 20-minute general update about the BRIC program design and development. FEMA presented on how building codes are the cornerstone of a resilient community and facilitated a discussion on the opportunities and challenges that exist for communities to adopt and update building codes.  This session also discussed how FEMA can improve the capability and capacity of grant recipients and sub-recipients.

A recording of the webinar presentation is available at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/182000.

Last Updated: 
08/22/2019 - 14:33