FEMA Bulletin: Final Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on NFIP, National Native American Heritage Month - Week of November 6, 2017

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November 6, 2017

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Important Dates & Deadlines 

November 14

Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants Application Deadline

December 3

National Flood Insurance Program Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Open Comment Period Deadline

FEMA Announces Final Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the National Flood Insurance Program

On November 3, FEMA published a Federal Register [FEMA-2012-0012-0081] Notice for a final National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (NPEIS).

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FEMA developed this final NPEIS to examine the impacts of proposed improvements and modifications to the NFIP. This final NPEIS includes an evaluation of the potential impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the NFIP at a programmatic level, as well as an evaluation of impacts of alternative proposals to modify the NFIP.  Comments received on the NFIP draft NPEIS and FEMA’s revisions and responses are included in the Final NPEIS and Appendix M.

The NFIP proposed modifications are needed to implement the legislative requirements of the  Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood  Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), and to demonstrate compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Today, more than 22,000 communities participate in the NFIP, with nearly five million NFIP policies in effect, providing over $1.2 trillion in insurance coverage. The NFIP serves as the foundation for national efforts to reduce the loss of property from flood disasters.

The public can download the final NPEIS via www.regulations.gov [Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012-0081]. For additional information, visit www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement. Comments may be sent via email nfip-programmatic-eis@fema.dhs.gov or by paper per below by December 3, 2017.

U.S. Postal Service Mail

All comments submitted via mail should be sent to:

Regulatory Affairs Legal Division Office of Chief Counsel

Federal Emergency Management Agency

500 C Street SW, Room 8NE

Washington, DC 20472-3100

FEMA Releases National Incident Management System Resource Management Guidance and Tools

FEMA released a series of National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource management documents to enhance the interoperability and the effectiveness of sharing resources between jurisdictions, known as mutual aid. NIMS provides a nationwide approach to resource management, enabling stakeholders to work together to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

In collaboration with representatives from nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and all levels of government (state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal), FEMA developed the following guidelines and resource typing supporting documents:

- The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid provides an overview of common mutual aid practices; defines common terminology and processes; and, describes an approach for creating legal agreements and operational plans.

- The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) describes the components of a qualification and certification system, defines a process for certifying the qualifications of incident personnel, describes how to implement a peer review process, and provides an introduction to credentialing personnel. The National Qualification System is intended for use by all levels of government and organizations, including private sector entities and non-governmental organizations with incident management and support responsibilities.

- NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications that define minimum qualifications for personnel serving in specific incident management and support positions.

- NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) that identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident management or support position.

- NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions other than NQS that define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the National Qualification System and answer questions related to the new guidelines and supporting tools. Each webinar is open to all interested parties and will cover the same information.

To review the National Qualifications System documents and for additional webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/national-qualification-system. To review the Resource Typing documents other than NQS, visit https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public.

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month, honoring American Indians and Alaska Natives and their traditions, languages and culture. This year, the Society of American Indian Government Employees selected the theme “Standing Together."

American Indians and Alaska Natives powerfully helped form our country’s character and our cultural heritage. Today, Native Americans are leaders in every aspect of our society. National Native American Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States.

This month, FEMA will host a webinar on Tribal Individual Community Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation. The webinar will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Those interested in the webinar can register to participate online. For more information, please contact the Tribal Partners Branch at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov. For more information on how we engage and work government-to-government with federally recognized tribes and tribal executives, visit FEMA Tribal Affairs. 

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Applications Open Until November 14

The application period is open for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. Eligible applicants including territories, federally recognized tribes, states, and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants at https://portal.fema.gov through 3 p.m. ET on November 14, 2017.


FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects.


PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. Visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program for additional details about the grants.