FEMA Announces Open Application Period for $1.16 billion for Hazard Mitigation Grants

On Sept. 30, the application period opened for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and
Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant programs. States, local communities, tribes
and territories can submit applications to combat climate change and protect underserved
communities against disaster hazards.

Available Funding and Application Deadline

In early August, FEMA published the Notices of Funding Opportunity for the Building Resilient Infrastructure
and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance hazard mitigation grants. FEMA announced more than $1
billion is available for these two hazard mitigation grant programs and released streamlined application
guidance. For fiscal year 2021, $1 billion is available for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
grant and $160 million is available for Flood Mitigation Assistance. The application period closes on Jan. 28,

FEMA Streamlines Application Process for Certain Mitigation Projects

FEMA also released guidance for states, local communities, tribal and territorial governments to streamline
the application process for hospital generators, acquisitions and elevations projects.
The agency understands that the effort necessary to demonstrate cost-effectiveness for projects can increase
the burden on subapplicants, particularly those with limited access to resources. Streamlining the application
process shows FEMA’s commitment to deliver its hazard mitigation programs with equity and supports
building capacity and capability in underserved and at-risk communities.

Summary of the guidance
The guidance establishes pre-calculated benefit values to reduce the time and resources needed to complete
and review cost-effectiveness for hospital generators, acquisitions, and elevation projects. In addition, it aims
to increase the availability of mitigation opportunities to help communities increase resilience against future

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▪ Hospital generators
The memorandum “Pre-Calculated Benefits for Certain Hospital Generators to Demonstrate CostEffectiveness” applies to Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant program application periods that are open on
or after Sept. 30, 2021 and applies only to generator projects in hospitals with emergency departments.
▪ Acquisitions and Elevations

The memorandum, “Cost-Effectiveness Determinations for Acquisitions and Elevations in Special Flood
Hazard Areas Using Pre-Calculated Benefits,” is effective Sept. 30, 2021 and applies to applications
regardless of when the application period opened. The updated pre-calculated benefit values that can be
used to determine cost effectiveness of elevations and acquisitions in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA)
‒ Acquisitions: $323,000 per structure
‒ Elevations (and Mitigation Reconstruction): $205,000 per structure

FEMA allows the pre-calculated benefit values to be applied to new applications for these five Hazard
Mitigation Assistance grant programs: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Flood Mitigation
Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, HMGP Post Fire and Pre-Disaster Mitigation. This guidance may
also be applied to any mitigation projects with a “pending” or “selected for further review” status where the
application period has expired.

The Benefit Cost Analysis Helpline hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.
Email questions to the Benefit Cost Analysis Helpline or call toll free at 855-540-6744.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs:
▪ Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov
▪ Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov
▪ Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov
▪ Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at nbeoc@max.gov
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Temporary Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Donaldsonville

BATON ROUGE, La. – A temporary disaster recovery center is now open in Donaldsonville to help survivors affected
by Hurricane Ida. Survivors can get assistance with their FEMA applications, upload documents and get questions
answered about federal disaster assistance.

The center is located at:
Lemann Memorial Center
1100 Clay St.
Donaldsonville, LA 70346

Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For updates on hours and other details, check the FEMA app (under Disaster Resources, select Talk to FEMA in
Person) or visit the FEMA DRC Locator for a complete list of DRCs currently open in Louisiana. All centers will follow
COVID-19 precautions. Masks will be required by both FEMA specialists and survivors.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at
twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

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FEMA Fact Sheet: Helpful Info When Appealing a Decision from FEMA

FEMA Fact Sheet: September 2021 (Helpful Info When Appealing a Decision from FEMA)
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Helpful Info When Appealing a Decision
from FEMA

You applied to FEMA for disaster assistance after Hurricane Ida hit and you received a
letter. You’re not sure what it says, but you think it’s not good.

Often, these letters are sent when your application is missing information. Maybe you didn’t
show proof you are who you say you are, proof you own your home, or proof you lived in
your home for a major part of the year before Ida. Here are tips for writing a letter to appeal
a FEMA decision.

You Have 60 Days to Send FEMA Your Appeal

The most important part of the appeal process is knowing how long you have to do something about it. Count 60
days from the date FEMA has on the determination letter. That’s the date you’ll circle on your calendar to remind you
it’s the last day to send FEMA your appeal. Keep in mind that after FEMA receives your letter, you may receive a
phone call or a follow-up letter asking for more information.

Carefully Read FEMA’s Letter Before Writing Your Appeal

You’ll need to understand why FEMA said the application was “ineligible,” or that assistance to you is denied, or that
FEMA is holding off on making a decision. Often, the reason is as simple as missing documents or information. Read
FEMA’s letter from beginning to end to help you understand what the agency is asking you to do.

Include Evidence to Support Your Appeal Request

Your appeal letter is not enough to get FEMA to reconsider its decision. You need evidence to support what you are
claiming in your appeal. It is important to include the documents or information FEMA requests. Here’s what to
include with your letter:
▪ A copy of the FEMA letter saying you’re denied assistance, or that the agency didn’t reach a decision.
▪ Insurance letters: Your insurance company might give you just a fraction of what you need to repair your home,
not enough to help you get into another place, or not enough to replace certain belongings. Keep in mind that
FEMA cannot give you a grant for something your insurance company already paid you for.

▪ Proof of occupancy: A copy of a utility bill, a driver’s license, a lease or bank statement, a local school document,
motor vehicle registration or an employer’s letter. All can be used to prove the damaged home or rental was your
primary residence. Primary meaning you lived there during a major part of the year.
▪ Proof of ownership: Mortgage or insurance documents; tax receipts or a deed; receipts for major repairs or
improvements dating as far back as 2016; a mobile home park letter or a court document. If your documents
were lost or destroyed, click on http://www.usa.gov/replace-vital-documents for information on how to replace them.
Mail, Fax or Upload Your Appeal Letter, Don’t Forget to Sign and Date It
▪ You have 60 days from the date on your FEMA determination letter to mail, fax or upload your appeal if you want
FEMA to reconsider their first decision. Sign and date your appeal. And don’t forget to include your nine-digit

FEMA application number, your disaster number (DR-4611-LA), and documents you can show as proof.
o Mail: FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
o Fax: 800-827-8112, Attention: FEMA
o To set up a FEMA online account or to upload documents online, go to http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions

What You Can Expect After Submitting Your Appeal Letter

You’ve written your appeal and sent it to FEMA within 60 days after you received their determination letter. Now
what? You may receive a call or letter from FEMA asking for more information. Or FEMA may schedule another
inspection of your primary home. Whichever the case, once you’ve sent FEMA an appeal, you can expect a decision
letter within 90 days after FEMA receives it.

▪ The deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance is Thursday, Oct. 28.
▪ For any questions, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) The lines are open 24 hours, 7
days a week. If you use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, give FEMA your specific
phone number assigned to that service. Operators can also connect you to a specialist who speaks your

For the latest information on Hurricane Ida, visit fema.gov/disaster/4611. Follow us on Twitter at
twitter.com/FEMARegion6 and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.