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BRIC by BRIC – FEMA Invests in Pre-Disaster Mitigation

It’s been less than a year since FEMA released the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for pre-disaster mitigation (PDM). The 2018 PDM appropriation was significantly more, $135.2M higher, than the previous year. FEMA has further reinforced their commitment to pre-disaster mitigation by announcing the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), which will be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund, as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures.

The new federal disaster mitigation program, included in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), will focus on reducing the nation’s risk by investing grant funding in public infrastructure projects before a disaster impacts the area. In order to increase our resilience, FEMA is engaging public and private partners’ feedback in the development and implementation of the program. FEMA is also offering four webinars that highlight key topics in the development of the BRIC.

“BRIC by BRIC”, FEMA steadily and continuously creates more significant mitigation investment opportunities, building a more resilient nation.

We at Hagerty have the expertise and commitment to assist you with FEMA hazard mitigation funding streams. Hagerty can assist communities to take advantage of the BRIC program and help communities to further develop their projects into BRIC applications. Feel free to reach out to me to walk through the process and any mitigation projects that you might be considering. Please find more information about the BRIC funding in Hagerty’s overview below:

To Learn More about BRIC, FEMA is holding the following webinars in June (click here for full webinar details):
  • Webinar 1: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects And Community Lifelines: Thursday June 6 at 2:00 pm EST
  • Webinar 2: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application And Evaluation, And Risk Based Funding: Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm EST
  • Webinar 3: Funding & Resource Management And Benefit-Cost Analysis: Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm EST
  • Webinar 4: Building Codes And Enforcement And Capacity And Capability: Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00 pm EST

FEMA Infographic Credit: FEMA Mitigation Minute on June 5, 2019

Amelia Muccio is the Director of Mitigation for Hagerty Consulting. Amelia is an emergency management and public health professional with over 10 years of experience. She serves as the mitigation lead for many of Hagerty’s clients and has extensive expertise and experience navigating numerous federal mitigation programs. Amelia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Rutgers College and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Learn more about Hagerty’s mitigation expertise and support services here.