News, Media & Events: Montana


FEMA is seeking public comments on the draft version of the “Restoration and Recovery Guide for Private-Public Partnerships”.

FEMA seeks public feedback on the National Incident Management System Information and Communications Technology Functional Guidance.

This course is designed to present information on the risks posed by natural hazards, and the basic scientific and engineering concepts for hazard-resistant buildings and facilities. The course reviews information pertaining to impacts of wind, flood, earthquake, and wildland/urban interface fire on the constructed environment and explains key performance and construction issues related to floods, wind, wildfires, and earthquakes.

Preparedness Tips

Floods happen in Montana not only during spring runoff but can occur year-round. Summer thunderstorms producing heavy rain can result in flash floods while normal rain events over areas affected by wildfire can result in conditions prone to flooding and mudflow for several years. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions and homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover most floods. Remember it does not take a lot of water to cause a lot of damage. Learn more about protecting your home or business with flood insurance.

Wildfires can also occur any time of year and should no longer be thought of as just a problem in the mountains. The devasting Marshall Fire in Colorado proved both these points in late 2021. Creating defensible space, using ignition resistant construction techniques and taking generally preparedness steps will help keep your family and community safe.

Press Releases and Fact Sheets

FEMA has approved an additional $1.2 million in Public Assistance funding to help Montanans recover from severe storms that impacted five northeast Montana counties in June of 2021. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued August 13, 2021. FEMA has now provided more than $3.66 million in total Public Assistance funds for the disaster recovery effort in northeast Montana.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | August 16, 2022
Updates to some of Missoula County, Montana’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide the Clearwater River in Missoula County with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | July 29, 2022
The Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) at Gardiner High School in Park County will permanently close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Additionally, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at Absarokee Elementary School Gymnasium in Stillwater County will permanently close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | July 26, 2022