This page provides Tribal, State, and Local Officials as well as residents with information on the Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Program in FEMA Region 6.
About R6 Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP)
The Region 6 Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Office assists communities in responding to and recovering from disasters. Potential impacts to the environment and cultural resources must be considered when a community applies for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding through Public Assistance (PA), Hazard Mitigation Assistance, and the Grants Program Directorate.
FEMA is responsible for making determinations and consulting with other agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and historic preservation, laws, regulations, and Executive Orders. However, as federal grant recipients, you are responsible for compliance with any project requirements and for obtaining all necessary permits related to project implementation. We are here to help you understand and comply with the law, as well as assist in expediting the process for permits and clearances.
Projects requiring an environmental review must be documented and approved prior to initiating any construction or repair. Non-compliance with federal, state or local laws can delay and jeopardize reimbursement and issuance of federal funds.
We understand that the responsibilities you have in preparing for and recovering from disaster can be extensive, but early coordination on these issues encourages better planning and better projects. The documents below are provided to assist FEMA Region6 grant applicants navigate the EHP review process.
We are available to help you with all EHP requirements of the application process.
Please contact the Region 6 EHP Office at 940-383-7224.
The Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (UFR Process) for Presidentially Declared Disasters is a mechanism that is utilized when multiple federal agencies are involved in funding or permitting the same disaster recovery project. The UFR Process allows for the coordination and synchronization of EHP reviews among multiple federal agencies leading to expedited decision-making, faster delivery of federal assistance, and quicker implementation of recovery projects.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) created a comprehensive national policy that requires federal agencies to undertake an assessment of the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. The Council on Environmental Quality published the following guide to inform citizens and organizations on their role in the NEPA process.
The National Historic Preservation Act defines the legal responsibilities of federal agencies with respect to the preservation and stewardship of historic properties. A key component of the Act is Section 106, which mandates that federal agencies take into account effects of their actions on historic properties. Section 106 encourages federal agencies to avoid and minimize adverse effects of their actions by taking into consideration the effects to historic properties. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation published the following guide to inform citizens and organizations on their role in the Section 106 process.
To support the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program, Region 6 EHP has developed project specific guidance for each of the Region 6 states. State emergency management, tribes, and sub-applicants can utilize these guidelines to develop a more complete HMA application package. The intent of this guidance is to improve and expedite the EHP review process so that FEMA-funded mitigation projects can be approved, awarded, and implemented more quickly.
- EHP Guidance for HMA in Arkansas
- EHP Guidance for HMA in Louisiana
- EHP Guidance for HMA in New Mexico
- EHP Guidance for HMA in Oklahoma
- EHP Guidance for HMA in Texas
FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution cosponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HNTF), a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.
The following Greensheets provide FEMA disaster recovery sub-applicants with guidance on the agency’s environmental and historic preservation review process. There are numerous environmental and historic preservation laws that may come into play when repairing disaster damaged infrastructure. Some projects will require consultation with appropriate state, federal, and/or tribal regulatory entities prior to approval of funding and initiation of construction. The information described here will help avoid any undue environmental and historic preservation roadblocks or funding delays.
Disaster Public Notices
FEMA is required by law to provide public notice of the agency’s intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities post-disaster via the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs. FEMA is also required to engage in appropriate levels of public involvement for federal actions that require compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), EO11988: Floodplain Management, EO11990: Wetlands Protection, and EO12898: Environmental Justice.
EHP Fact Sheets
The following fact sheets describe the most common FEMA activity types that trigger EHP review. They include potential resource impacts, project information that assists in FEMA’s EHP review, timeframes for EHP review, and best practice case studies.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is prepared for certain FEMA projects to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. An EA is a concise public document that provides evidence and analysis for determining the extent of the impacts of a proposed action and reasonable alternative actions. FEMA will use the findings in an EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The following Region 6 EA writing tips will assist FEMA sub-applicants in preparing an EA that meets FEMA’s standards.
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