Direct Technical Assistance Communities

Through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Direct Technical Assistance (BRIC DTA) initiative, FEMA can provide holistic hazard mitigation planning and project support at the earliest stages to communities, tribes and territories requesting assistance. This non-financial assistance helps communities to reduce disaster damage, build community resilience and sustain successful mitigation programs.

During the process, FEMA will engage with each community to further explore and better understand their specific requests for technical assistance. FEMA will provide support to selected communities for up to 36 months.

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FY22 Direct Technical Assistance Selections

On May 19, FEMA announced the selection of 46 communities and tribal nations for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Direct Technical Assistance. This assistance can provide holistic hazard mitigation and climate resilience planning and project support from the earliest stages to completion.

To date, this brings this hands-on support to 74 local jurisdictions nationwide.

For additional information about the non-financial direct technical assistance listed below, please contact your FEMA Regional Office.

The graphic below is a map of the United States that shows all 74 communities and tribal nations selected for BRIC DTA between fiscal years 2020 and 2022.

This map shows the communities and tribal nations that received DTA funding in fiscal years 2020-2022.
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Summaries of Requested Direct Technical Assistance

Filter by the year the assistance was awarded, and/or by state or region, to find communities.

Borough of Oceanport, New Jersey

The borough of Oceanport is a small municipality with a population of 6,150, per the 2020 census, with an area of 3.18 square miles. The borough has requested help and assistance to conduct specific hazard mitigation activities to mitigate future storm surges.

Chippewa Cree Tribe, Montana

The federally recognized Chippewa Cree Tribe is located on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in north-central Montana near the Canadian border. The tribe is requesting help to conceptualize a solar array project to connect to a micro-grid which will supply power to multiple Tribal buildings.

City of Birmingham, Alabama

The city of Birmingham is located in the north central region of Alabama, north of Montgomery, the state capital. The city is requesting help with grants management assistance and project scoping activities to support the city’s drainage systems resiliency improvement projects.

City of Cherokee, Iowa

The city of Cherokee is a small city situated on the Little Sioux River in northwestern Iowa. The city is requesting help to implement nature-based solutions and develop a local mitigation partnership network.

City of Crisfield, Maryland

The city of Crisfield is a small community located on the Tangier Sound, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. The city is requesting help and assistance to address coastal flooding and storm surge challenges.

City of Jamestown, New York

The city of Jamestown is the largest community in Chautauqua County with a population of approximately 30,000 residents; it is situated between Lake Erie and Allegheny National Forest. The city’s aging infrastructure is suffering higher incidents of failure due to flooding, high wind events, changing trends in temperature and severe weather. The city has requested help and assistance to develop a holistic and equitable Climate Action Plan and project scoping to address flooding in the community.

City of Modesto, California

The city of Modesto is located east of San Francisco and San Jose and is situated on the Tuolumne River. The city is requesting help and assistance to perform benefit-cost analyses to address mitigation projects related to the Tuolumne River floodway.

City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The city of Philadelphia is located on the Delaware River on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Eastwick neighborhood is the city’s lowest lying neighborhood and experiences a high flood risk. The city is requesting help and assistance to address the flooding hazards caused by sea level rise in Eastwick.

City of Riverton, Iowa

The city of Riverton is a small community located along the East Nishnabotna River in southwest Iowa. The city is requesting help to conceptualize projects to mitigate frequent flooding across a main route into Riverton used by general traffic and emergency services.

City of Thomasville, Georgia

The city of Thomasville is the largest community in Thomas County located in south Georgia near the Florida border. The city and FEMA are working on the community’s capacity to run benefit cost analysis, prioritizing mitigation projects, and developing Best Management Practices for planning for future growth and protection of community lifelines.

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