Aug 19, 2019

Partnership to Build Resilience to Natural Disasters

NMIS was produced following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy

NMIS was produced following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. EPA in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its participation in the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS). 

NMIS was produced following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. According to FEMA, the Government Accountability Office identified a need for a strategy for mitigation that would help reduce the county’s exposure to future losses from natural disasters like Sandy. 

The strategy “recommends actions reflecting input and involvement from, and benefits for, all national stakeholders in disaster resilience, including federal departments and agencies; state, territorial, tribal, and local governments (SLTTs); and private and nonprofit sector entities such as businesses, philanthropies, foundations, universities, and other non-governmental organizations,” according to FEMA

The strategy provides an approach to investments in risk management and mitigation across federal, state, local, and tribal and territorial governments as well as private and nonprofit sectors, according to an EPA news release. 

“Investing in mitigation efforts will enable EPA to better protect human health and the environment in the face of natural disasters,” said Ted Stanich, EPA’s acting associate administrator of the Office of Homeland Security, according to an EPA news release. “Together our collective efforts will continue to build resilience across the nation.”

The EPA provides three examples of its investment in mitigation strategies that include: 

Regional Resilience Technical Assistance, Integrating Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans and Building Flood Resilience in Vermont

For Regional Resilience Technical Assistance, the EPA and FEMA partners with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Assn. of Bay Area Governments to create a toolkit that will help regions plan for disasters by working across multiple jurisdictions. 

For Integrating Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans, EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Community Revitalization partnered with FEMA to help states create hazard mitigation plans and water quality plans, according to EPA.

Lastly, for Building Flood Resilience in Vermont, EPA and FEMA came together to identify state and local policy options to increase community flood resilience in Vermont.

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