Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum - FY15
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).
The purpose of this policy clarification is to implement policy changes in Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs based on requirements related to houses of worship established in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law No: 115-123) (BBA). The policy changes are as follows: (1) HMA will include a house of worship in the definition of a private nonprofit (PNP), distinct from other PNPs such as community centers; (2) a house of worship, with properly documented PNP status, will be eligible to receive HMGP funding as a subapplicant; (3) HMA will fund eligible mitigation activities for a house of worship, as it would for any eligible PNP facility, including retrofitting and elevation which primarily benefit the house of worship; and, (4) the definition of a private nonprofit organization (or facility) in the HMA Guidance (2015) at Part III.B (in box) and Part VIII.A.6 is changed from “essential governmental service(s)” to “essential social service(s)”.
This document identifies text replacements in the HMA Guidance established in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law No: 115-123) (BBA) regarding houses of worship eligibility as subapplicants under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). FEMA will make this change effective for all assistance provided in response to major disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017, or for any application for assistance under the PDM or FMA programs that were pending before FEMA as of February 9, 2018.
Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling
This document identifies text replacements in the HMA Guidance after the adoption of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquisition Projects: Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (FEMA Policy 302-094-03 ). As of July 7, 2017, the policy is eligible for all HMA grants.
This new policy issued in July 2017 provides program guidance about Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (hydraulic fracturing/HDD) as it relates to properties acquired by Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants for open space. FEMA reviewed activities occurring above-ground as well as below-ground to determine compatible use of the open space.