The Senate Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to act on an IAEM-endorsed bill on Wednesday, October 25.
The Facilitating Hazard Mitigation Projects Act (S.3067) would require FEMA to simplify its requirements for demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of hazard mitigation grants.
Generally, states, local governments, Tribes, and territories that request hazard mitigation funding from FEMA are currently required to submit a benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of their projects. Extensive applicant feedback has shown that the current BCA process is cumbersome and overly complicated, which puts underserved communities at a disadvantage for accessing funds. Hazard mitigation grant funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards.
Thanks to IAEM's Mitigation, Climate Resilience & Adaptation Caucus for helping vet this bill.
Click here to see the press release regarding the introduction of the bill.
The Mitigation Climate Adaptation and Resilience Caucus has discussed the need to improve the Cost Benefit Analysis process and simplify methods that can be used for several months. This is one of the biggest impediments to communities when considering projects. It is great to see the introduction of this legislation.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reported the Facilitating Hazard Mitigation Projects Act (S. 3067) out of Committee and to the Senate floor for consideration. Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and his staff have been very effective in putting forth and passing EM-related bills out of his Committee.
The Committee mark up can be streamed here.
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