FEMA Request for Comments-Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Planning

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a request seeking comments on Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Planning Regulations.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. FEMA currently administers three hazard mitigation assistance programs under the HMA umbrella: (1) The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program (a grant program, described in 44 CFR parts 78 and 79); (2) the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) (44 CFR part 206, subpart N); and (3) the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program (implemented via guidance and the annual grants process without corresponding regulations).

Mitigation planning requirements (44 CFR part 201) and requirements for property acquisition and relocation for open space (44 CFR part 80) apply to all three HMA programs. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance provides comprehensive guidance for all three HMA programs and supplements the FMA program and HMGP program regulations.

The majority of the revisions FEMA proposes in this rulemaking apply to the FMA regulations. FEMA proposes a few changes to the HMGP regulations as well. Below, FEMA provides a general description of the FMA and HMGP programs, and then a more detailed discussion of how FEMA administers the FMA program.

To view the full regulation request, and to submit comments directly through the Federal Register, you may do so at http://www.federalregister.gov/, or by direct link, here.

Be sure to include Docket Number: FEMA-2019-0011. The deadline to submit comments is 5:00 p.m. EDT on October 10, 2020.