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The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) was facing possibly the biggest challenge of its 25-year existence in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
In June, the Risk Management Directorate updated its Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities publication to emphasize using nature-based solutions to combat the risk posed by the changing climate.
National Risk Index Full Applications Released with More Customization and Reporting and Data Updates
In August, FEMA announced the full application launch of the National Risk Index, an online resource that visually identifies traits of the communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application provides a holistic view of community risk by providing baseline relative risk scores. It measures a community’s risk for 18 natural hazards, in addition to resilience, social vulnerability and expected annual loss.
In October 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a grant effectiveness case study with the state of Hawaii to understand how state and local jurisdictions use preparedness grants to increase their emergency preparedness and counterterrorism capabilities. FEMA examined how Hawaii used grant funds to close capability gaps and the impact those investments had on the state’s response to Hurricane Lane, severe flooding, and the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, all of which occurred in 2018.
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has seen the recent impacts from flooding events on their wild rice which are a cultural and important natural resource for the tribe. The tribe has invested in several planning efforts over the years to help mitigate/reduce the flooding risks to the wild rice lakes. Recently, the Grand Portage Ojibwe people reached out to Cook County, Minnesota and collaborated with other neighboring tribes to integrate their hazard mitigation, wetland and climate adaptation plans.
In May 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a preparedness grants effectiveness virtual case study with the State of Georgia. The purpose of this case study was to understand the role of FEMA preparedness grants in Georgia’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout. This case study used data gathered from one interview with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS). It also drew from information that Georgia emergency management personnel provided through the Biannual Strategy Implementation Report (BSIR) and the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR).
Lumberton Loop: A City-Wide Plan Flood Mitigation, Restoration, and Recreation in Lumberton, North Carolina
This project received funding during Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program's inaugural year to restore stream channels, construct wetlands, reforest floodplains, demolish roadways and develop multi-modal paths to reduce future flood losses and enhance the equity of park space to disadvantaged populations.
The Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis for FEMA’s Mitigation Program Policy reduces the complexity of Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants by removing the limitation on ecosystem service benefits allowing them to be included in mitigation projects regardless of the value.
For FY20, this project received FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program funding to counteract further degradation by establishing 2.42 miles of permanent lake rim along the northern perimeter of the project area and restoring 401.2 acres of broken marsh.
In May 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a virtual case study interview with representatives from the Jersey City–Newark Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to discuss the effectiveness of two grant investments that were made with FEMA preparedness grant funds. The purpose of the study was to understand how FEMA preparedness grants aided Jersey City–Newark in preparing for and responding to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.