On March 8th, ASFPM released a statement on President Obama’s 2013 budget request for FEMA.
In its statement, the Association of State Floodplain Managers indicated there should be no additional cuts to the flood mapping program due to extensive cuts in FY12, preservation of FEMA’s only pre-disaster all hazard mitigation program which is targeted for elimination with funding at least equivalent to FY12, and the delay in creation of the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP). ASFPM has called for much more extensive partner engagement to discuss purpose of the NPGP and questions the efficacy of including mitigation programs in one that is focused on terrorism and preparedness – at the expense of hazard mitigation.
ASFPM notes that it is mitigation, more so than preparedness, response, and recovery, that serves to reduce or eliminate long term costs and damages due to hazard events - and ASFPM is concerned, given the trend of increasing damages in the United States, that the Administration is choosing to make significant cuts in hazard mitigation programs.
To access the statement, please click the following link: Statement on the Hazard Mitigation Programs in the FY2013 Budget Including the Proposed Elimination of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program