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FEMA recently listed a Federal Register Notice for public comments about information collection in regards to mitigation grant programs. In accordance with federal law, this notice seeks comments concerning grants for the property acquisition and relocation for open space.

Acquisition and relocation of property for open space use is one of the most common mitigation activities. Federal grant funds are available for eligible activities in FEMA’s three mitigation grant programs:

  1. Flood Mitigation Assistance
  2. Hazard Mitigation Assistance and
  3. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

These programs require all properties acquired with FEMA funds to be deed-restricted and maintained as open space in perpetuity. This requirement ensures that no future risks from hazards occur to life or structures on that property, and that no future disaster assistance or insurance payments are granted as a result of damages to that property.

This extension of approved collection of information is necessary to establish uniform requirements for state and local implementation of acquisition activities, and to enforce open space maintenance and monitoring requirements for properties acquired with grant funds. This notice also withdraws three previously proposed forms included in the initial 60-day comment period regarding severe repetitive loss structures published in March 2018.

Comments are collected via the Federal Register until Tuesday, October 8, 2019.