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FIMA Policies (10)

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Collection of all Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration official policies
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January 14, 2015
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  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquisition Projects: Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (FEMA Policy 302-094-03)

    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.

  • Guidelines for Complying with 44 CFR 9 and EO 11988 (Floodplain Management) in Coastal High Hazard Areas on the Gulf Coast

    The purpose of this memorandum is to define the Coastal High Hazard Areas in those areas on the Gulf Coast with mapped Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) and clarify requirements for FEMA-funded projects in Coastal High Hazard Areas.

  • Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide

    The Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide provides guidance for Federal and State officials responsible for reviewing Local Mitigation Plans in a fair and consistent manner, and to ensure approved Local Mitigation Plans meet the requirements of the Stafford Act and Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.6. This Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide is FEMA’s official source for defining the requirements of original and updated Local Mitigation Plans.

  • Mitigation Planning (MT-PL) Memorandum#15: Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide

    This memorandum transmits the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide for use by FEMA Regions and States to complete reviews of Local Mitigation Plans.

  • Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

    The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (Handbook) is the official guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans. While the requirements under §201.6 have not changed, the Handbook provides guidance to local governments on developing or updating hazard mitigation plans to meet the requirements under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 44 – Emergency Management and Assistance §201.6, Local Mitigation Plans for FEMA approval and eligibility to apply for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. It also offers practical approaches, tools, worksheets and local mitigation planning examples for how communities can engage in effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters. The Handbook complements and liberally references the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide (October 1, 2011), which is the official guidance for Federal and State officials responsible for reviewing local mitigation plans in a fair and consistent manner.

  • Restrictions on Grant Obligations to State, Tribal and Local Governments without a FEMA-Approved Mitigation Plan

    FP_303-112-1)  August 19, 2013

    This policy describes the implications to State, Tribal and Local governments that do not have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan relative to receiving assistance under eligible FEMA grant programs. It also conveys key information for FEMA to continue to communicate to State, Tribal and Local governments.

  • Guidelines and Standards Policy

    The Policy for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping comprises the standards for practitioners of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. The standards define the specific implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood risk analysis and mapping and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of Letter of Map Changes (LOMC), and related Risk MAP activities. Standards are published separately from guidance as standalone statements that outline the required elements of the Risk MAP Program.

  • FEMA Policy 203-074-1, Minimum Design Standards for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Projects in Flood Hazard Areas

    The purpose of the policy is to align all HMA-funded structure elevation, dry floodproofing and mitigation reconstruction projects in flood hazard areas with a nationally recognized consensus standard for flood resistant design and construction.

  • Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Policy

    The purpose of this policy is to issue Advisory Base Flood Elevations in the implementation of FEMA Assistance.  In light of the devastating hurricane events in the Gulf Coast region, FEMA has gathered and is assessing available flood hazard data for the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Based on the preliminary assessment, FEMA has determined that the 1% annual chance flood event depicted on the effective or preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps in some locations does not adequately reflect post-storm conditions.


  • Procedure Memorandum 57 Expanded Appeals Process Nov 2011

    Section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-234), hereafter referred to as the Act, is intended to ensure an equitable balancing of all interests involved in the setting of new and modified Base (1-percent-annual-chance) Flood Elevation (BFE) determinations. The Act provides for an explicit process of notification and appeals for community officials and for private persons prior to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) making the BFE determinations final. “Community” as used in the Act and in this Procedure Memorandum means a community participating in, or in the process of joining, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).