One worth recognizing is FEMA's current strides towards collaborative natural hazard mitigation planning.
I attended FEMA's G-318 class....sounded like some cool new military airplane..... It was instead, a terrific class about mitigation planning designed for folks involved in city and county natural hazard mitigation planning, CWPPs and other emergency management activities. Brett Holt from FEMA Region 10 led an interactive class with a focus on the criteria for FEMA Pre Disaster Mitigation Grants. He also provided the following links and information to share with you:
· Region 10 Integrating Natural Hazard Mitigation into Comprehensive Planning: This resource is specific to Region 10 states and provides examples of how communities are integrating natural hazard mitigation strategies into comprehensive planning. It expected to be released later this year. You can find it in the FEMA Library at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/89725.
· The Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning: Case Studies and Tools for Community Officials resource provides practical guidance on how to incorporate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes, and programs that guide community development or redevelopment patterns. It includes recommended steps and tools to assist with local integration efforts, along with ideas for overcoming possible impediments, and presents a series of case studies to demonstrate successful integration in practice. You can find it in the FEMA Library at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=7130.
· The Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk from Natural Hazards resource presents ideas for how to mitigate the impacts of different natural hazards, from drought and sea level rise, to severe winter weather and wildfire. The document also includes ideas for actions that communities can take to reduce risk to multiple hazards, such as incorporating a hazard risk assessment into the local development review process. You can find it in the FEMA Library at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=6938.
· The Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide and Tool resource is available through FEMA’s Library and should be referred to for the next plan update. http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4859
· The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook is available. While the requirements under §201.6 have not changed, the Handbook provides guidance to local governments on developing or updating hazard mitigation plans to meet the requirements is available through the FEMA Library website. You can find it in the FEMA Library at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=7209.
· Tribal Plan Review Guide and Tool, and Handbook: The current tribal review crosswalk will be replaced with the new tool. The Handbook will provide steps to developing tribal mitigation plans. This resource should be released late this year or early next year.
· The FEMA Region X Risk Mapping, Analysis, and Planning program (RiskMAP) releases a monthly newsletter that includes information about upcoming events and training opportunities, as well as hazard and risk related news from around the Region. Past newsletters can be viewed at http://www.starr-team.com/starr/RegionalWorkspaces/RegionX/Pages/default.aspx. If you would like to receive future, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take a moment and review the information. And by all means, remember that your local FEMA region is another partner when working collaboratively to address community resilience!