FEMA seeks public comments on updates to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program guidance

On Aug. 24, FEMA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on updates to its Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide. As part of FEMA’s “People First” commitment in its new strategic plan, the updated guide will help catalyze community partnerships and promote more equitable investments to reduce risk. It will also help to better deliver mitigation grant programs to communities across the nation dealing with the worsening effects of climate change. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding for actions that address risks and reduce disaster suffering from events like wildfires, drought, extreme heat, hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding. The update consolidates policy guidance released since the 2015 edition including addendums. It provides new and expanded content on changes to Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs mandated by the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, including the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire. The additional programs covered by the guidance include the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. The public comment period will run through Sept. 23, 2022.

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