FY 2013 HMA Unified Guidance, issued July 2013, is the official guidance for all HMA programs; including Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).
NEW POLICY: Eligibility of Major Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs
FEMA has released the below policy regarding the eligibility of Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs.
This policy will supersede the portion of the current HMA Unified Guidance (above) concerning eligible flood risk reduction (“flood control”) projects (2013 HMA Guidance; Part IV, Eligibility Information, D.2 Ineligible Activities). With the release of this policy, major projects related to the construction, demolition, or improvement of dams, dikes, levees, floodwalls, seawalls, groins, jetties, breakwaters, and erosion projects related to beach nourishment or re-nourishment, will be eligible for consideration under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). This is a major change in the HMA program. These project types will remain ineligible under the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program. All projects must comply with Federal, State, and Local requirements particularly those outlined in the HMA Unified Guidance. HMA Projects must be technically feasible, environmentally sound and cost effective according to FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis Methodology. Sub-grantees are required to ensure there is no duplication of programs (DOP) under a more specific Federal authority.
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