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COMMENTS NEEDED FOR DRAFT POLICY ON FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT
FEMA prepared a draft policy for FEMA staff and communities participating in the NFIP to update guidance for participating communities on satisfying National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) floodplain development permit requirements and to address questions about floodplain permitting of development activities occurring in the FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). Through this policy, a community can ensure compliance with NFIP and local floodplain management regulations, while potentially reducing the administrative burden associated with permitting certain types of low-to-no impact development in the floodplain.
This guidance does not intend to address other permits associated with building codes, or other federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial permits, and only applies to floodplain development permitting requirements to enroll in, and maintain eligibility for, the NFIP
The draft policy is available for review on FEMA's website.
The public is invited to provide comment and input until August 23, 2017.
WHAT FEDERAL EMERGENCY FUND CUTS COULD MEAN FOR STATES DEALING WITH DISASTERS
By Sarah Breitenbach, June 19, 2017, PBS
States have come to rely on these declarations, a practice that helps individuals and communities recover from disasters. And since the 1980s, the federal government has been on the hook for the majority of recovery costs when a disaster is declared.
But as the country faces an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, federal officials are considering scaling back that spending, aiming to save taxpayer money and encourage states to prepare for disasters with their own resources.
USING SPECIAL NAILS TO SAVE ROOFS – AND DOLLARS
Some states are encouraging homeowners to build stronger homes to minimize disaster damage and save money
By Huffington Post Staff, June 21, 2017
New roofs are coming to Africatown, a hamlet of crumbling shotgun houses amid ancient pecan trees northwest of Mobile Bay.
The replacements, many of which will go to the neighborhood's poor and aging homeowners, are being paid for by a first-of-its-kind state grant program that aims to lower homeowners' insurance rates and reinforce Alabama homes against future windstorms. transparency and efficiency for disaster grant applicants.
The new roofs are built using a method developed by the industry-funded Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The "Fortified" standard — which can be used for a roof or an entire house — requires special nails, a specific system for layering roofing material, and more secure connections between the roof, walls, and foundation of a house. It is higher than most local building codes, even in hurricane zones.
SNAPSHOT: NEWLY TRANSITIONED HURRICANE DECISION SUPPORT PLATFORM GIVES EMERGENCY MANAGERS MORE CAPABILITIES
By Homeland Security, June 12, 2017
On October 1, 2016, Hurricane Matthew became the first category five storm in the Atlantic Ocean in nearly a decade when Hurricane Felix blew through with sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.
Hurricane Matthew was one of the first operational uses of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) HURREVAC-eXtended (HV-X) platform. The HV-X platform integrates forecast and planning data to provide emergency managers decision support tools for use in advance of and during tropical weather. Development began in 2013 and since then, S&T identified the need for a comprehensive hurricane decision platform that encompassed all phases of planning and evacuations. Collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via the National Hurricane Program (NHP) Technology Modernization initiative, DHS S&T worked to streamline the currently available HURREVAC storm tracking and decision platform. The result of this collaboration is HV-X.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FAIRS EDUCATE RESIDENTS ABOUT ASSISTANCE
By Mark Moreno, June 20, 2017, Valley Morning Star
For the eighth year, Hidalgo County and the Texas A&M Colonias Program are holding a series of hurricane preparedness fairs around the county. The first event was held Monday at the Community Resource Center in Alamo and others are scheduled throughout the county this week.
With the 2017 hurricane season underway and a tropical system developing in the Gulf of Mexico, the county is hosting the Dare to Prepare events across the county to spread awareness of assistance that is available. The fairs provided information, presentations and other resources in planning for an emergency.