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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. Over the course of four 2-hour sessions, Hazard Mitigation Assistance will provide a brief overview of the different topic areas that are important for the development of the BRIC program followed by an open conversation with stakeholders through the chat platform. Bring your thoughts and ideas! You may also provide comments on Ideascale at https://fema.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/61112 or by email to buildbric@fema.dhs.gov.

Webinar 1: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects and Community Lifelines

Date: Thursday June 6, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)
Webinar: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181193
Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/engage-bric/
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#
This session will provide a 20-minute general update of the program design and development of the BRIC program followed by an open forum with participants. FEMA envisions that this program will incentivize new, innovative large infrastructure projects. In addition, it will incorporate community lifelines, critical interdependent systems that enable continuous operation of government functions and critical business and are essential to human health and safety or economic security. FEMA invites you to join the conversation and provide your thoughts about how FEMA can best provide technical assistance to state, tribe, territory, and local governments for infrastructure mitigation projects that also incorporate community lifelines.  
 

Webinar 2: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application and Evaluation, and Risk Based Funding

Date: Thursday June 13, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)
Webinar: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181299
Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/engage-bric/
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#
This session will provide a 20-minute general update of the program design and development of the BRIC program followed by an open forum with participants. FEMA invites you to join the conversation and provide your thoughts about 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. Your input to FEMA can also improve or streamline the application form (and submission process) for BRIC projects. We especially welcome the thoughts of individuals who have familiarity with FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance application. During this session, we will also discuss the various options for developing a risk-based methodology for grant funding and welcome your feedback.

Webinar 3: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Date: Thursday June 20, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)
Webinar: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/181444
Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/engage-bric/
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#
This session will provide a 20-minute general update of the program design and development of the BRIC program followed by an open forum for individual participants. FEMA invites you to join the conversation and provide your thoughts about what the agency can do to improve project funding and resource management. In addition, information about Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for BRIC projects will be discussed. BCA is the future benefits of a hazard mitigation project compared to the cost of completion.

Webinar 4: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability

Date: Tuesday June 25, 2019 (2 - 4 p.m. ET)
Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/engage-bric/
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#
This session will provide a 20-minute general update of the program design and development of the BRIC program followed by an open forum with participants. FEMA invites you to join the conversation and provide your thoughts about how building codes are the cornerstone of a resilient community. With this, there may be opportunities and challenges that exist to the community adoption of building codes and we seek your input. In addition, this session will discuss how FEMA can improve capability and capacity of grant recipients and sub-recipients.

 

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Last Updated: 
08/14/2019 - 09:14