FEMA Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2022 

FEMA announced its 2022 placement of reinsurance to continue the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) support of resiliency and protection against flood losses.

The agency transferred $1.06 billion of the program’s financial risk to the private reinsurance market. This annual reinsurance agreement is effective throughout the calendar year with 28 private reinsurance companies.

 The 2022 reinsurance placement covers portions of NFIP losses above $4 billion arising from a single flooding event. FEMA paid a total premium of $171.9 million for the coverage.

The agreement is structured to cover:

  • 4.16% of losses between $4 billion and $6 billion.
  • 26.56% of losses between $6 billion and $8 billion.
  • 22.45% of losses between $8 billion and $10 billion.

To date, FEMA has transferred $6.30 billion of the NFIP’s flood risk to the private sector.

FEMA will receive qualifying payments only if a named storm event is large enough to trigger the traditional and/or capital market reinsurance coverage. Should a named storm event result in flood insurance claims exceeding $10 billion, FEMA will receive the full $2.3 billion of reinsurance coverage from the private markets.

FEMA contracted with Guy Carpenter and Company, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, to provide broker services to assist in securing the reinsurance placement.

FEMA received authority to secure reinsurance through the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.  FEMA’s 2022 reinsurance placement builds upon its previous reinsurance placements as further development toward a stronger financial framework.

For more information, visit the NFIP Reinsurance Program webpage on FEMA.gov.

FEMA Seeks Public Comment for Updated Public Assistance Policy

FEMA recently released the “Public Assistance Appeals and Arbitration Policy” that clarifies changes to procedures, roles and responsibilities concerning Public Assistance appeals and arbitrations resulting from revisions to 44 C.F.R. 206.206. The policy was originally published in the Federal Register on Aug.16, 2021.

FEMA requests comments on the draft policy by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. The policy applies to all FEMA stakeholders, including all regions, Public Assistance grant recipients and applicants.

FEMA requests that all comments be submitted using the accompanying comment matrix to FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Cancels $870M in Community Disaster Loans

FEMA is cancelling the repayment of over $870 million in outstanding community disaster loan balances.

The Community Disaster Loan Program is available to local governments that have been adversely affected by major disasters.  The cancellation is a result of congressional legislation in the continuing budget resolution that began Oct. 1, 2021. The legislation cancelled any outstanding loan balance and will provide significant flexibilities to communities recovering from disasters, as they can use the funds to cover expenses. FEMA recently sent notifications to the 158 loan holders notifying them of this cancellation.

As major loan holders, U.S. territories and territorial governments will especially benefit from this loan repayment cancellation. Canceled loans include:

  • More than $3.8 million cancelled for American Samoa.
  • More than $94 million cancelled for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • More than $371 million cancelled for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • More than $322 million cancelled for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This cancellation will also provide significant relief to states along the Gulf Coast, including:

  • Over $27 million cancelled for Florida.
  • More than $6 million cancelled for Louisiana.
  • More than $3.5 million cancelled for Mississippi.
  • Over $13 million cancelled for Texas.

To learn more about FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan Program, visit FEMA.gov.

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinars

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in collaboration with the National Ebola and Special Pathogens Training and Education Centers (NETEC), and Project ECHO, launched a series of COVID-19 Clinical Rounds on March 24, 2020.

This initiative supports a series of teleECHO programs that follow the needs of participants based on the trajectory of the pandemic.

The aim is to create peer-to-peer learning networks where clinicians who have more experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes with clinicians across the U.S. and around the world with a wide variety of experience treating COVID-19.

Below are the upcoming webinars:

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Jan 20 https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Jan 27

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Feb 3

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Feb 10

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Feb 17

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, Feb 24

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, March 3

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Webinar, March 10

https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AkS70OoQR_uxucDVmk5lug?fbclid=IwAR1vCX6DDpD_tGDBPw0hgYcJMWGBGhE3vZoddzJEccKuGrRmWgMbwhLjsUE

BuildStrong Coalition names former CFPB, FEMA official as new executive director

The BuildStrong Coalition has named Natalie Enclade as its new executive director. Enclade joins BuildStrong from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she led the agency’s Financial Well-Being program. She also previously served as the director of the Individual and Community Preparedness Division at FEMA from 2018-2019. As executive director, Enclade will lead the Coalition’s advocacy effort on the Resilient AMERICA Act, a bipartisan disaster reform bill introduced by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) earlier this fall. The Resilient AMERICA Act (RAA) was also introduced by Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Chair Dina Titus (D-NV) and Ranking Member Daniel Webster (R-FL) and includes numerous provisions geared toward providing communities with additional resources and tools to bolster mitigation and resilience before the next disaster strikes.

Prelude to 2100

Imagine the future. Set in 2050, Miami’s famed museum-park, the Deering Estate, has been converted into a residential complex made up of tenants who have been displaced or retreated from different parts of the world due to climate change. When rooms become available, they decide to host their first open house while re-opening partially as an art space after recent repairs.

The public is invited to visit the property and learn about their way of life. The personal lives and conflicts of the residents, and other strange phenomena, get in the way, and visitors must navigate scenes that explore notions of community, climate change empowerment, loss and love.

Details available at: https://liveartsmiami.org/events/prelude-to-2100/

Welcoming America Certified Welcoming Program Scholarships

Ready to declare your city or county has a welcoming place for all?

We are now offering a full scholarship to the Certified Welcoming program for three local governments (city or county levels only). Selected applicants will receive fee waivers that have a total value of $12,000.

Application deadline: January 24, 2022 | 9 a.m. ET

Apply here: http://ow.ly/Zaam50HnN0q

Help Stop the Spread of Misinformation Webinar, Jan 20

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. ET

Launched in May 2020, Verified is a United Nations initiative aimed at countering the growing scourge of misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Over the last 18 months, Verified has grown into a global communications movement and aims to empower people around the world with factual, science-based information, aimed at countering misinformation, strengthening vaccine confidence, equity, and solidarity.

Register at: https://unfoundation.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsceqsrD8tHNEEXQSFBiz-RTYpLE_xhXn4?emci=8e90adfa-cf52-ec11-9820-a085fc31ac93&emdi=43089619-815f-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&ceid=3879195

International Science Council, Get involved: Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) recently launched the midterm review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (MTR SF), which will conclude in 2023. The outputs of the review will be captured in the report of the MTR SF that will be produced by UNDRR for consideration by Member States at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council and at the General Assembly that will take place in July and September 2023, respectively.

The scope of work to be undertaken, as well as guidance on the approach, methodology, and timeline for the review are described in the concept note of the MTR SF. Questions to be addressed include: What progress has been made in reducing exposure to hazards, and reducing vulnerability? What deliverables would bring the greatest reduction in disaster risk and the greatest increase in the resilience of people, assets and ecosystems by 2030?

The Mid-Term Review of Sendai provides a major opportunity to raise commitments to reduce risk and achieve sustainable development and bring the science to bear more centrally in the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As coordinator of the Science and Technology Major Group for the Sendai Framework, the ISC will coordinate a substantive input of the global scientific community into the mid-term review process.

If you are willing to contribute to this work, please contact Anda Popovici.