Celebrating Black History Month: William A. Anderson
In honor of Black History Month, we’re recognizing the vision and work of William Averette Anderson (1937 – 2013), an accomplished scholar, researcher, and policymaker in the field of hazards and disaster mitigation.
FEMA Seeks Volunteers for BRIC Virtual National Review Panels
During the reviews, volunteers will leverage their mitigation experience and expertise to assess how applications meet the six BRIC qualitative evaluation criteria. The deadline is apply to be a volunteer is Feb. 16, 2021.
ASFPM and NRDC File Petition to Strengthen NFIP Minimum Standards
In this Q&A, Executive Director Chad Berginnis provides more details on the petition ASFPM and NRDC recently filed with FEMA requesting stronger NFIP standards, including what's in the petition and what happens next.
ASFPM Comments on HUD Proposed Rule on Private Flood Insurance
ASFPM submitted comments on HUD’s proposed rule to implement acceptance of private flood insurance as an alternative to NFIP insurance for FHA-insured mortgages.
As Flooding from Climate Change Worsens, Groups Seek to Change Outdated Federal Rules for Building Homes and Infrastructure
With millions of people at risk due to worsening flooding and costs of flood recovery rising as the climate continues to warm, NRDC and ASFPM petitioned FEMA today to update its rules for construction and land-use in floodplains, and to develop maps that project future flood risks.
FEMA Ups Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program by $40M
FEMA announced an additional $40 million in funding is available for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program. This increases the funding amount for Fiscal Year 2020 from $160 million to $200 million
Digital Coast Act Passes, Heads to President’s Desk
The Digital Coast Act (S. 1069) was introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to inform and improve local state, regional, and federal capacities to manage the nation's coastal regions. Its passage represents a major victory for ASFPM and its partners and a hopeful ending to a long legislative journey.
Urban Flood Hazards: Challenges and Opportunities
Developed by ASFPM’s Stormwater Management Committee, this new paper explores the challenges of urban flooding, outlines concepts related to planning and mitigation to reduce future flood losses, and provides recommendations at the local and national scale to address urban flooding in communities nationwide.
ASFPM Says USACE Proposal Would Weaken Clean Water Protections
ASFPM submitted comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposals to re-issue the Nationwide Permits and General Conditions.
Senate Appropriations Bill Preserves $263M in Flood Map Funding
The omnibus still needs to be negotiated, passed by Congress, and signed by the President, but this is a very positive development. We had been led to believe that flood map funding was at risk of being cut in the Senate and immediately swung into action.