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Iberia Parish Communications Center: Maximizing Mitigation through Collaboration

The Iberia Parish Emergency Operations Center, operated from the 1930’s era Iberia Parish Courthouse.  The parish had outgrown the courthouse building and wanted to make improvements. 

Enhanced Communication for MT-2 Submittals as Part of the FEMA Letters of Map Revision Review Partners Program

The Colorado Water Conservation Board and Mile High Flood Control District hold pre-submittal meetings. These meetings are a chance to answer questions about the Letter of Map Revision process. This joint effort has made for more complete submittals. It has also improved coordination among local agencies and mapping partners.

Preparedness Grant Effectiveness Case Study: New York City

In August 2021, FEMA conducted a grant effectiveness case study with New York City to understand how FEMA preparedness grant funding helped prepare the city’s mass fatality management (MFM) system for the significant increase in deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA conducted this case study virtually with representatives from NYC’s MFM system, including NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) and the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). 

Blue Lake Rancheria Case Study: Impacts of Preparedness Grant Funding

In 2022, FEMA‘s National Preparedness Assessment Division conducted a grant effectiveness case study with the Blue Lake Rancheria to better understand the effects of preparedness grant funding investments made by the tribe. To conduct this case study, FEMA personnel held a virtual interview with Blue Lake Rancheria’s Office of Emergency Services in September 2022. During the case study, participants discussed the tribe’s use of preparedness grant dollars to invest in community resilience, investment and allocation strategies, and recommendations for improving FEMA’s administration of its preparedness grant programs.

Equity-Based Approach to Floodplain Management in Virginia

This presentation focuses on the history of environmental justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and how those legacies impact current policies.

Equity In Region 3 Planning

The purpose of the Equity In Region 3 Planning brief is to provide an example of equity inclusion in a recent planning effort and to describe our path forward.

Voluntary Regional Planning Approach Builds Stronger Partnerships

In the mid-1990s, North Carolina was a leader in mitigation planning. In 1996, the state created a Hazard Mitigation Planning Initiative. This grew outreach, training and funding support for North Carolina’s local planning efforts. This marked a milestone for North Carolina’s efforts to improve planning in its local jurisdictions.

New Jersey: County of Hunterdon Acquisition of Repetitive Loss Property

Hunterdon County will acquire flood-prone property impacted by Hurricane Ida to prevent future losses.

New Jersey: Berkeley Township Elevation of Three Homes

The township of Berkeley will raise three residential properties for long-term flood protection.

Partner Developed High-Water Mark Mural to Engage Community

Carson City, Nevada created a high-water mark mural that serves as both a teaching tool and a reminder of the community’s flood risk.