The Board of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) www.floods.org met this week in Wisconsin. The agenda included a review of the proposed FEMA “disaster deductible”, and approval of the ASFPM Riverine Erosion Hazards White Paper (Feb. 2016).
FEMA Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funding has been announced for Federal Fiscal Year ’16, with applications due by June 15. There is a set-aside of $575,000 for Vermont, so this should generate some good mitigation projects!
The State of Vermont contact person for PDM is Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates email@example.com
The VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) is pleased to announce the availability of FEMA mitigation grant funds. The State of Vermont received a federal disaster declaration (DR 4232-VT) for damages resulting from flooding, which occurred on June 9, 2015. In addition to FEMA’s Public Assistance program, there are federal mitigation funds available to all Vermont towns through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is requesting comments from the public on a draft report to enhance flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River by December 10, 2015. Specifically the IJC asks if the report’s recommendations are sound and whether the recommendations address real needs for enhanced flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River.
Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change was released in May 2015 by the Island Press and the Kresge Foundation.
This is an exceptional strategy paper reflecting on the meanings of resilience from ecology, sociology, engineering and systems thinking. The document offers a framework to consider actions based on the analysis of facts so as to promote inclusive and adaptive outcomes.
The 2016 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for funding projects that help Vermonters protect, restore and enjoy the state's watersheds. The applications are due no later than Friday, November 20, 2015.
The VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) is reminding everyone of the current availability of FEMA mitigation grant funds. The State of Vermont received a federal disaster declaration (DR 4207-VT) for damages resulting from the severe winter storm that occurred on Dec. 9-12, 2014.
The Bennington County maps showing high risk flood hazard areas will officially change on December 2. Two open house events are scheduled for people that want to learn more about flood risk, flood insurance and the effect of the map update. Is your house or business in a hazard area? This is a particularly important question for buildings that are identified as at a high risk on the December map but not at high risk on the older map.
FEMA Flood Information Open House Events:
Demystifying FEMA and Floodplain Maps and Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program
4 Continuing Education Credits, $75, Rutland
Demystifying FEMA and Floodplain Maps