FEMA Funds for Water

In the scramble to find out what funding is available for state drinking water programs from the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations Act, ASDWA came across some new information about programs managed by FEMA that may have funds available for water utilities and state primacy agencies.

FEMA funding is captured in the Omnibus bill under Division F, Title IV, Protection, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.  In total, FEMA grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements are collectively funded at $3,293,932,000.  Of that amount, the following appropriations are included:

  • $507M for the State Homeland Security Grant Program to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies to obtain the resources required to support implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) and the Goal of a secure and resilient Nation.
  • $630M for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program to address the unique multi-discipline planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas.
  • $350M for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program for states to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006.
  • $249M for the National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund to assist states, tribes, and territories to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. This program awards planning and project grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes.
  • $275M for Current Operations to sustain training, exercises, technical assistance and other programs.

You are encouraged to collaborate with your state’s emergency management agency to determine how best to take advantage of these programs and opportunities.



Watch WSD Webinars On Line

In case you missed them…EPA’s Water Security Division has hosted two webinars that are now available on line.  Recordings of the webinars on Disaster Recovery Financing and on Resilience Mitigation Financing and PDF copies of the presentation slides are now available on the EPA website.  See below for more information

November 22, 2016:  Disaster Recovery Financing for Water and Wastewater Utilities

This webinar describes how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers share their tips and examples.  Click this link to view


December 7, 2016:  Resilience Mitigation Financing for Water and Wastewater Utilities

This webinar focuses on tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.  Click



Still have questions?  Please contact either:


Kristyn Abhold, EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center at abhold.kristyn@epa.gov or

David Goldbloom-Helzner, EPA Water Security Division at Goldbloom-Helzner.David@epa.gov

Financing Recovery and Mitigation – A Free Webinar Series

EPA is hosting two new webinars that showcase available funding for both disaster recovery efforts and resilience mitigation projects.

Disaster Recovery Financing

DATE:              November 22

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-recovery-financing-tickets-28791523221

This event describes how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers will share tips and examples.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-mitigation-financing-tickets-28791849196

This event focuses on tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities will share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.


Financing Recovery and Mitigation Webinars

As part of an ongoing webinar series, our colleagues at EPA are hosting two webinars that explore resource options that can be used for recovery, mitigation, and resilience financing.

Disaster Recovery Financing

 DATE:              November 22

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-recovery-financing-tickets-28791523221

This webinar will share information on how states and communities use SRFs, FEMA grants, and other financing opportunities to recover from a disaster.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-mitigation-financing-tickets-28791849196

This event will offer insights about financing resources that can be used for resilience planning and hazard mitigation projects.

Please click https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/financing-disaster-recovery-and-resilience-mitigation-water-and-wastewater for more details about each of these events.


ASDWA and EPA WSD Explore Hazard Mitigation

On September 15, ASDWA and EPA cohosted a webinar and interactive discussion to showcase their new document, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.  The event was designed to help state drinking water program staff better understand the benefits of hazard mitigation initiatives, how to connect and collaborate with their state hazard mitigation officers (SHMOs), and how to share this important information with their water systems.  EPA’s Water Security Division was joined by state primacy and state hazard mitigation staff from Utah and Iowa for the event.

If you were not able to participate in the webinar, please visit ASDWA’s security web page at www.asdwa.org/security and scroll to the Important Documents Section.  There you will find:

+ A link to the video recording of the webinar

+ A link to the Hazard Mitigation Guide

+ A link to FEMA’s list of State Hazard Mitigation Officers

For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Guide, please visit EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse/hazard-mitigation-natural-disasters

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters Webinar

ASDWA and EPA WSD are teaming up to present a webinar that will consider how state primacy agencies can work with both their state hazard mitigation offices and their utilities to promote, fund, and implement hazard mitigation projects.

DATE:              Thursday, September 15, 2016

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/615897312349016579

The webinar will include examples of successful state agency coordination that results in utilities implementing appropriate mitigation measures.  This will also be states’ first opportunity to view a demonstration of EPA’s newly released tool, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

The target audience and discussion focus for this event is state drinking water programs.  Other events are planned to share these materials with other members of the water community.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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EFCN Hosts Three Part Webinar Series on Rural Water Resiliency

The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University (part of the EFC Network) is hosting a three part webinar series to look at water resiliency in rural areas.

WEBINAR 1:  Rural Water Resiliency through Watershed and Roadway-Stream Intersection Management

DATE:              Thursday, April 21

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7142138735759194115

Description:  Proper watershed and streamway management can decrease both the probability of flooding and drought and community vulnerability to these problems, protect roadway infrastructure, and prevent soil erosion, all of which help with cost savings for local governments. This webinar will cover watershed functions, including the effect of tiling and roadside ditches, demonstrate strategies to improve resiliency through streamway management, adjustment of ordinances and roadway drainage practices, and highlight re-engineered solutions, including relocation of infrastructure, phased retreat, and floodplain buyout. The webinar will also discuss the Climate Change Resiliency Act and how to utilize available money for municipal budgets.

WEBINAR 2:  Planning for the New(est) Definition of Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

DATE:              Thursday, May 12

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5568067993830494723

Description:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have published new regulations defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) in the Federal Register. This webinar will review and compare the 2007 and 2015 delineations of WOTUS and how those definitions impact delineations and determinations. The webinar will describe the status of the definition within the federal courts. Finally, the webinar will discuss steps municipalities can take to protect their own projects and those projects they are reviewing from potential changes in the WOTUS definition.

WEBINAR 3Financing Resilient Communities

DATE:              Thursday, May 26

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4099846136796137987

Description:  Flooding can leave a community with damaged roadways, downed transmission lines and uninhabitable buildings. The need to replace or renovate damaged infrastructure becomes an emergency expenditure that many communities simply cannot afford. This webinar will discuss financing strategies and asset management for communities to prepare for flooding and other severe weather events. The webinar will also provide basic resources for communities to generate a resiliency plan and discuss funding programs at the state and federal levels.

NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge

[The following is an excerpt from the February 29, 2016 DHS Partnership Quarterly newsletter]

Have an innovative idea on how to improve the security or resilience of infrastructure in your community? Apply to the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge and your idea could receive funding.

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program, identifies and funds high priority innovative projects among the critical infrastructure community. The Challenge has approximately $3 million available in FY 2016 to fund around ten high-priority sector and regional innovation initiatives. These initiatives will develop technology, tools, processes, and methods that address near-term needs and further strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

To apply for Challenge funds, DHS is asking its NIPP partners to submit Capability Gap Statements to describe how their project will fill gaps in cyber and physical security, first responder needs, and other capabilities. Capability Gap Statements will be reviewed and vetted by the National Institute for Hometown Security in a competitive process. DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) will then make final decisions on which Capability Gap Statements will be advanced to the proposal phase.

Where can I apply and find out more?

Submit your Capability Gap Statements on the National Institute of Hometown Security website.  For more information on the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge or to volunteer to serve on the review panel, please visit the National Institute of Hometown Security website or contact one of these individuals:

NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge Subject Matter Expert

Samuel G. Varnado, PhD, Chief Technical Officer

National Institute for Hometown Security

sgvarna@thenihs.org or

DHS IP Technology Development and Deployment Program (TDDP) Program Manager

Jay Robinson, Senior Policy Analyst

DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection



Finding EPA WSD Information and Tools

As many of you know, the Environmental Protection Agency has been redesigning all of its web pages.  This means that many of the links that we have come to rely on no longer work or have been modified.  Our colleagues at the Water Security Division have provided a new set of links that should help you “rediscover” their web pages, tools, and helpful information.

General Risk, Response, and Recovery:  http://www.epa.gov/waterresilience

Risk Assessment and Reduction:  http://www.epa.gov/waterriskassessment

Climate Ready Water Utilities:  http://www.epa.gov/crwu

Emergency Response:  http://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse

Water Lab Alliance:  http://www.epa.gov/waterlabnetwork

Training & Exercises:  http://www.epa.gov/waterresiliencetraining

Community Based Water Resilience: http://www.epa.gov/communitywaterresilience

Emergency Funding:  http://www.epa.gov/fedfunds

Water Quality Surveillance & Response System: http://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance

Hurricane Resources and FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funding for Water Utilities


Hurricane season began on June 1, 2015, but there’s still time to prepare. EPA’s Water Security Division wants to remind water and wastewater utilities about the free tools that support hurricane and disaster preparedness.

REMINDER: Application Deadline – 8/28/15 for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants:  Utilities can now apply for FEMA HMA grants for projects that increase resilience to hurricanes and other hazards.


Hurricane Incident Action Checklist:  Print and share these “rip and run” checklists to take action before, during, and after the storm.


Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map:  Find out worst-case coastal storm surge scenarios and hurricane strike frequency for your area.


Fed FUNDS – Find Funding:  Federal Funding for Utilities – Water/Wastewater – in National Disasters helps identify pre- and post-disaster funding opportunities and explains how to apply.

Watch Video: Fed FUNDS Overview

Flood Resilience Guide:  Easy-to-use tool that leads utilities through a four-step process to help them understand their flood risks and identify mitigation options.

http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/emerplan/upload/ epa817b14006.pdf