FY15 HMA Guidance Changes
Changes to the HMA Program Guidance include:
- Climate Change/Resilience:
Recognizes challenges posed by climate change that may have impacts on mitigation. Applicants and sub-applicants can use the additional HMGP 5 percent initiative toward adopting and/or incorporating disaster resistant building codes.
- 2 Code of Federal Regulations Part 200: The OMB Super Circular:
Adopts the regulations in the OMB Super Circular that outlines the federal government’s framework for grants management, and are applicable to FEMA grants issued on or after December 26, 2014.
- Mitigation Planning Changes:
Requires states to update mitigation plans every five years, which provides the applicant with greater flexibility to shift their resources to other important or pending mitigation activities listed in the plan.
- New Benefit-Cost Analysis Methodologies:
Incorporates new methodologies for residential hurricane wind projects and the acquisition of properties in landslide hazard areas that are at risk of immediate threat.
- Various Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Clarifications:
Enhances efforts to streamline the EHP review process, including defining the frontloading process (promoting the fuller consideration of EHP compliance requirements and impacts to a proposed project during project development).
- Resources and Job Aids:
Includes 23 resources and job aids to assist in HMA program delivery. Examples are:
-- Homeowner’s Guide to the HMGP answers some common questions that homeowners have about implementing post-disaster projects.
-- Federally Recognized Tribes and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program discusses benefits and responsibilities of federally-recognized tribes if they become an applicant or sub-applicant.
-- Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation job aid discusses FEMA programs designed to promote community resilience.
-- Closeout Toolkit includes frequently asked questions and a checklist to help recipients prepare for sub-award closeout activities.
-- EHP Section 106 Overview includes process flowchart and information on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision making process.
The HMA Guidance consolidates each program’s eligibility information, outlines the common elements, and spells out the unique requirements among the programs so that federal, state, federally recognized tribal, territorial, and local officials can easily identify key similarities between the various programs. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
HMA Home Page: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance
FEMA Regional Offices: http://www.fema.gov/regional-operations
FEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officers: http://www.fema.gov/state-hazard-mitigation-officers
HMA Helpline: 866.222.3580