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DRRA Provisions 1204-1209

Authorizes FEMA to provide hazard mitigation grant funding in areas that receive Fire Management Assistance Grants as a result of wildfire.

Wildfire Prevention (Section 1204)

Authorizes FEMA to provide hazard mitigation grant funding in areas that receive Fire Management Assistance Grants as a result of wildfire.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Final Policy published on May 8, 2019.

Section 1204 Fact Sheet published on May 8, 2019.

Expands Eligible Wildfire Activities (Section 1205)

Authorizes FEMA to provide assistance under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation program for activities related to wildfire and windstorm disaster mitigation. These activities range from reseeding damaged groundcover with native species, to installing utility poles that are resilient to extreme winds.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Job Aid published on December 3, 2019.

Code Implementation and Enforcement (Section 1206)

Authorizes FEMA to provide assistance to state and local governments for building code and floodplain management ordinance administration and enforcement.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Final policy published Oct. 19, 2020 following a 45-day public comment period on the draft policy from Jan. 21 to March 6, 2020. Comments received on the draft policy were reviewed and adjudicated by the FEMA Public Assistance program.

Public Assistance Program Improvements (Section 1207)

Amends the Stafford Act in the following ways:

  • (a) Removes the reduction of assistance for alternate projects.
  • (b) Limits a flood insurance deduction to one building within a multi-structure campus for disasters declared between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2018. 
  • (c) Prohibits required participation in the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot program.
  • (d) Creates a presumption within the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures for Permanent Work that a cost estimate certified by an engineer and accepted by the Administrator is reasonable and eligible without evidence of fraud.
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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Section 1207 Fact Sheet published on July 12, 2019.

Prioritization of Facilities (Section 1208)

Requires FEMA to develop guidance and annual training for state, local, tribal and territorial governments, first responders and utility companies. The guidance will highlight the prioritization of power restoration for hospitals and nursing homes and the need to coordinate response plans before power outages occur.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Guidance released on August 22, 2019.

Guidance on Evacuation Routes (Section 1209)

Requires FEMA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, to produce guidance for state, local, tribal and territorial governments to identify evacuation routes.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Guidance released on July 31, 2019.