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DRRA Provisions 1230-1239

Technical Assistance to Common Interest Communities (Section 1230a)

Requires FEMA to provide technical assistance “to a common interest community that provides essential services of a governmental nature” on how they may be eligible for Public Assistance in certain circumstances.

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Technical assistance is currently available under the Public Assistance program. Section 1230a Fact Sheet published on February 19, 2020.

Legislative Proposal for Condos and Co-Ops (Section 1230b)

This section directs FEMA to provide a legislative proposal on eligibility for assistance for common areas of condos and cooperatives.

Guidance on Hazard Mitigation - Acquisition (Section 1231)

Requires FEMA to issue guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial governments on how to manage properties acquired for open space using the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

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Section 1231 Fact Sheet  published on September 19, 2019.

Disaster Relief Hazards (Local Impact and Multiple Recent Disasters) (Section 1232)

Directs the FEMA Administrator to give greater consideration to local impacts when the Agency provides its recommendation to the President on whether to issue a Major Disaster Declaration.

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Regional declaration template and state request letter template updated in May 2019.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for Earthquakes (Section 1233)

Authorizes FEMA to provide assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation program for activities that help reduce the risk of future damage in areas affected by earthquake hazards.

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Section 1233 Fact Sheet published on September 30, 2020.

National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation (Section 1234)

Authorizes the National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Mitigation fund, which is funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures. This allows for a greater investment in mitigation before a disaster. This new program is named Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC).

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BRIC has been implemented and the application period to apply for funding opened on September 30, 2020.  Learn more about this new program and how to apply by visiting the BRIC webpage.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for Resilience (Section 1235a)

Ensures Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding increases resilience to future damage, hardship, loss or suffering.

Public Assistance 406 Codes and Standards (Section 1235b)

Authorizes FEMA to provide Public Assistance funding to replace and restore disaster damaged facilities to the latest published editions of relevant consensus-based codes and standards to ensure that facilities are restored in a manner that allows them to be resilient

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Interim Policy released on November 6, 2019. FAQ published on February 10, 2020. 

Guidance and Training by FEMA on Coordination of Emergency Response Plans for HAZMAT (Section 1236)

Directs FEMA to provide guidance and annual training for state, local, tribal and territorial governments, first responders, and facilities that store hazardous materials, on the coordination of emergency response plans in the event of a major disaster, to include severe weather events.

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Guidance released on August 27, 2019.

Certain Recoupment Prohibited (Section 1237)

Prohibits FEMA from recovering funds from a local government that received Public Assistance if the Department of Homeland Security OIG finds that the local government relied on inaccurate information provided by a FEMA Technical Assistance Contractor.

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FEMA issued a memo to Region VI on February 15, 2019 and relevant project worksheets have been reinstated.

Critical Document Fee Waiver (Section 1238a)

Authorizes the waiver of fees for replacing certain critical federal documents lost or destroyed during a major disaster.

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Presidential Delegation of this authority to the Secretary of State and the Secretary for Homeland Security issued on December 21, 2018.

Federal Assistance to Private Nonprofit Childcare Facilities (Section 1238b)

Adds center-based childcare to the definition of eligible Private Non-Profit facilities.

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Section 1238b Fact Sheet published on July 12, 2019.

Cost of Assistance Estimates (Section 1239)

Directs FEMA to reconsider all factors used to evaluate a request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance, specifically the estimated cost of assistance (i.e. the per capita indicator).