Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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ADVISORY: FEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

August 4, 2020

Today, FEMA posted funding notices today for two hazard mitigation grant programs for more than $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, or BRIC, will provide funds to states, local communities, tribes and territories for eligible mitigation activates to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. These programs allow for funding to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses.

The application period opens on September 30, 2020. Eligible applicants must apply for funding using the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), which is now the management system for FMA and BRIC.  Please submit applications at FEMA Go Portal no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 29, 2021. Applications received by FEMA after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

FEMA Webinars

FEMA offers, and strongly encourages, applicants to participate in a series of informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. FEMA scheduled the first webinar for Tuesday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

FEMA scheduled additional webinars for the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), which is now the management system for BRIC and FMA.  The development of FEMA GO is a multi-year effort to modernize and transform the way FEMA conducts grants management. FEMA GO will streamline the process to apply for, track, and manage FEMA grants.

In September, FEMA will host two webinars on “Avoiding Application Pitfalls.”  

Registration information for all upcoming webinars will be provided soon.

Flood Mitigation Grants

The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 establishes the goal of reducing or eliminating National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims through long-term mitigation actions. For the FMA program, the agency’s predetermined funding priorities include flood mitigation planning and efforts for repetitive as well as severe repetitive loss properties.

In this application cycle, $160 million is available in FMA grant funds. There is a set-aside of

$70 million for community advance assistance and flood mitigation projects.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes federal funds available through the new Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) grant program to states, local communities, tribes and territories (SLTTs) for pre-disaster mitigation activities. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. 

The BRIC priorities are to:

  • Incentivize public infrastructure projects;
  • Incentivize projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines;
  • Incentivize projects that incorporate nature-based solutions; and,
  • Incentivize the adoptions and enforcement of modern building codes.

For More Information:

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FEMA Covid-19 Statement July 24, 2020

“Wear a mask. Wear a mask not for yourself, but for the person that’s next to you,” he said. “Have good hygiene, wash your hands, use social distancing and keep out of crowded bars and overcrowded dining rooms. If you can do those four basic things, we can all crush the virus.”

The interview this morning occurred as three tropical systems are gathering strength in the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coast. FEMA is working with state, local, tribal and federal partners to prepare for potential landfall.

“The agency has been up and running and dealing with COVID-19, but we also have been preparing for the hurricane season,” Gaynor said. “We put out operational guidance to those in the hurricane-prone locations across the U.S. to make sure they adapt their plans and their procedures to deal with…a hurricane while dealing with COVID-19.”

Residents of the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, Florida and Hawaii should monitor these storms and listen to instructions from their local officials. Residents should take precautions now and visit for additional tips and information, and download the FEMA app (in English or Spanish) for a checklist of emergency supplies, survival tips and weather alerts.

FEMA’s Regional offices in Atlanta, Denton, Texas and Oakland, California are monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo, Tropical Depression 8 (possible Storm Hanna) and Hurricane Douglas. FEMA is actively engaging with state emergency management partners to ensure they have the resources they need to respond to these storm systems.

To support an effective locally executed, state-managed and federally supported response to disasters occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” and the “Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations” to help emergency managers and public health officials prepare to respond to a disaster while maintaining the health and well-being of survivors and workers.

While COVID-19 presents unique challenges, FEMA has already responded to floods and tornadoes during the pandemic, adapting operations to maintain public health and safety while also ensuring that eligible disaster survivors receive assistance.  FEMA has enhanced protocols in place where FEMA personnel will be on site.  This includes social distancing, disinfecting, the use of face coverings and other protections. FEMA’s adaptations also include remote inspections of disaster-damaged housing, establishing virtual Joint Field Offices and providing online training for FEMA staff and state, local and tribal partners.


Additional Resources: 
  • FEMA compiled the best practices and lessons learned that communities have already faced fighting COVID-19. FEMA will continue to add content and highlight key areas where communities can benefit from learning. To learn more about Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices, click here
  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet focused on Public Assistance, click PDF iconhere
  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet focused on Eligible Emergency Protective Measures, click PDF iconhere