FEMA Distributing $3 billion for Risk Reduction ProgramsFriday September 16, 2022 01:22 pm
Department of Planning and Zoning
Recovery Assistance and Mitigation Planning
FEMA has announced unprecedented investment in risk reduction available competitively across the country. Boosted by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program will distribute up to $2.295 billion up from $1B last year. The BRIC program awards communities 75% grants for applications that meet the FEMA priorities and support lifelines that provide public services. The Parish would have to pay 25% of the costs of any projects. FEMA priorities this year include natural hazard risk reduction activities that mitigate risk to public infrastructure and disadvantaged communities, nature-based solutions, climate resilience and adaptation projects, the adoption and enforcement of the latest building codes, and hazard mitigation projects that meet multiple program priorities.
FEMA seeks to fund capability- and capacity-building (C&CB) activities, hazard mitigation projects (construction) and management costs to defray the cost of government management of these projects. Last year, five Louisiana applications were selected for further review worth a total of $1.1 million for project scoping and management costs.
The Parish is currently holding planning meetings to gather information about recovery and future projects to formulate our comprehensive, recovery, and hazard mitigation plans. Anyone interested in providing input or learning about the process can attend the meeting September 21, 2022 at 6 PM at the Main Library, 151 Library Drive or provide input online at http://tpcg.org/idarecovery/.