FEMA Establishes Revolving Loan Fund

FEMA is launching a notice of intent to fund resilience projects that will make communities safer from natural hazards.

The Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund program will make no less than $50 million available in capitalization grants to fund low-interest loans to local governments. These loans will allow jurisdictions to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters, foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering.

FEMA expects to publish the program funding opportunity before the end of the calendar year and receive applications through spring 2023.

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 signed by President Biden in 2021, also commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Congress appropriated $500 million for the program opportunity, or $100 million per year, through 2026.

FEMA is launching the funding in its first year to increase public understanding and learn from participating communities about how to enhance the program in future iterations.

These capitalization grants complement FEMA’s other hazard mitigation grant programs to empower communities to better withstand a worsening climate.

Funds can be used for hazard mitigation projects that reduce disaster risks for homeowners, businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities. Other uses of loans include satisfying a local government’s non-federal cost-share match for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, update building codes adoption and enforcement, make zoning and land use changes.

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance helps communities increase resilience to extreme heat waves, drought, wildfires, flood and hurricanes by funding transformational projects that reduce risk to multiple hazards, support adaptation to future conditions and lessen the impact of all disasters on our nations most underserved residents and disadvantaged communities. 

The agency will hold a series of listening sessions with emergency management agencies and state governments. The sessions will gauge interest in this opportunity, identify challenges or barriers to implementing and managing a revolving loan fund and learn and successes from states that currently have revolving loan funds.

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.

White House Back to School Virtual Townhall, Sept 1

6:30-8:30pm ET

You are invited to a Back-to-School town hall for teachers and school staff on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30pm ET, hosted by the White House in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA). The conversation will include panels on health and safety, as well as academics and mental health. Speakers will include Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, White House COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and NEA President Becky Pringle.

Register at: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_jE_vnPijRVKlPtjGFEI6SA 

Center for Homeland Defense and Security National Recruitment Webinar, Sept 20

12-1pm EST

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) would like to invite interested individuals to attend their next national recruitment seminar. After a brief lull during COVID, they want to replenish the CHDS program pipelines. They are recruiting for the next deadlines – December 1 for the Master’s Degree and Emergence Programs, and January 15 for Executive Leaders Program.

The national recruitment webinar is for potential applicants to learn about the programs and application processes and to answer questions.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86806675682?pwd=TnJaZDJOeW92UXJ2NkFTS3A4ZzRkQT09
Webinar ID: 868 0667 5682
Passcode: 875699

Emergency Management Showcase Initiative Webinar, Aug 31

3-4pm EST

Do you want to learn about the exciting and important initiatives in the emergency management space!? Then you should attend the Emergency Management Initiative Showcase webinar! Speakers from the organizations are sharing about what their mission is, how to learn more, and get involved.

Join via Microsoft Teams at: https://teams.microsoft.com/registration/lElmy5DR20aViJCWgI1F3g,wBZXxJcBBUSkZgpDxUTLoA,d1RO0OS1AkyuEHy4o8656g,nTXgbva4qE-j-4nc1o8MmQ,oAyc101YAEytU5QvvhdjzA,H5LppGe6Xk-pSlaNBpF_LA?mode=read&tenantId=cb664994-d190-46db-9588-9096808d45de&skipauthstrap=1

EM community requested to respond to a survey on federal guidelines for dam safety by Sept. 30

To collect stakeholder feedback, the emergency management community is asked to respond to a survey on federal guidelines for dam safety. The purpose of this survey is to gather information from the dam safety and emergency management communities on the perceived needs and gaps of Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety – Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA 64), July 2013. The survey will remain open until Sept. 30.

EMAP announces training opportunities

EMAP is providing additional training opportunities for emergency management programs looking to start or expand upon their self-assessment. These training opportunities are in addition to the Emergency Management Standard Trainings offered at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference and the Emergency Management Institute. The Host Emergency Management Standard Training provides a jurisdiction/agency with information and tools that will assist them in evaluating their capabilities and documentation using the Emergency Management Standard. The training offers an opportunity for the host jurisdiction/agency to invite their stakeholders, localities, and/or regional jurisdictions to learn about and engage with the Emergency Management Standard, assisting in the development of buy-in and support for the accreditation process. The Training & Standards Orientation Workshop provides an emergency management program’s employees and stakeholders with the opportunity to evaluate their current capabilities and documentation against the Emergency Management Standard. The training is customized to the program; it incorporates program documentation into the training curriculum, providing opportunities for the program staff to assess their documentation for gaps and jumpstarting their self-assessment. For more information about any of these opportunities, their costs, and benefits, contact Todd Livingston, EMAP training coordinator.

The highest honor for emergency management awarded to seven programs

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) has announced that the following emergency management programs have earned accreditation: State of Vermont; Jacksonville/Duval County, Florida.; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; City of Henderson, Nevada.; City of Dallas, Texas.; King County, Washington.; and Illinois Task Force One. To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation, and peer assessment verification that its program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of its disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation is valid for five years, and the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is reassessed to maintain accredited status. Learn more about EMAP accreditation online.