The first eight communities, including three tribes, have been selected for Non-Financial Direct Technical Assistance as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 funding opportunity.
In the spring of 2022, technical assistance providers started their work with these communities for up to 40 weeks of assistance over a 36-month period. These communities form a peer network with one another and FEMA selects additional communities each year.
FY20 Direct Technical Assistance Communities
Communities are from across the United States. Summaries of types of assistance requested are provided below.
The 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.
The Town of Pittsfield, Vermont
The town of Pittsfield is a small community in central Vermont located in Rutland County. The town and FEMA are looking to build Pittsfield’s grant application abilities through training, identify ways to mitigate future flooding, and focus on mitigation project prioritization.
The Village of DePue, Illinois
The village of DePue is small community situated on the Illinois River in Bureau County, Illinois. The village and FEMA are working to address the mitigation concerns for the local wastewater treatment facility and identify solutions for relocating a flood tunnel.
The Town of Kamiah, Idaho
The town of Kamiah is a small community situated on the Clearwater River in Lewis and Idaho Counties of Idaho. The town and FEMA are working to identify viable mitigation projects, identify funding sources for projects, and prioritize mitigation projects that address flood, wildfire, and landslide events.
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is a federally recognized tribe and sovereign nation covering portions of Brown County and Doniphan County in northeast Kansas and Richardson County in southeast Nebraska. The tribe and FEMA are working to conceptualize a microgrid projects that would create a Tribal Utility Authority, decrease the tribe’s environmental impact, and increase their energy resilience.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe and sovereign nation covering areas of southern California. The tribe and FEMA are working to help address emergency access to the reservation, enhancing flood and wildfire mitigation, and assisting with mitigation project application development.
Railroad Borough, Pennsylvania
Railroad Borough is a small borough in York County nestled in a valley in southern Pennsylvania. FEMA is assisting Railroad Borough with maximizing limited resources, training in competitive mitigation grant development, and developing innovative project ideas to address re-occurring flooding.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Montana
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is a federally recognized tribe and sovereign nation covering areas in southeastern Montana. The tribe and FEMA are working together to build the Tribe’s grant management capacity, local Hazard Mitigation Plan development, stakeholder engagement and coordination, and mitigation project identification and management.