Wendy Blackwell, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Phone: (505) 476-9676
I wanted to inform you about a few recent changes here at the DHSEM Mitigation Program.
Kevin Dodge has moved on (great opportunity for him and his family back in Texas). We wish him well with the new job.
Celsea Morganti is our new Mitigation Specialist. She is awesome and we are thrilled to have her on board. Her contact information is Chelsea.Morganti@state.nm.us , 505-476-9608 desk, and 505-469-4716 cell. She will be attending the Deming Workshop and working on getting her CFM!
A second Mitigation Specialist position is currently being advertised with the State Personnel Office. So, we expect to have three full time staff working on the Mitigation Program soon.
We have established a Mitigation Program email address and phone number. For general inquiries please call 505-476-9682. For general correspondence (quarterly reports, extension requests, etc) please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect that these changes will help to improve inquiry response time and program management. As always, you can call me directly with any concerns or issues. Hope all is going well, Wendy.
Wendy Blackwell, CFM
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
NMDHSEM, Preparedness Bureau
PO Box 27111, Santa Fe, NM 87502
HAZARD MITIGATION FUNDING AVAILABLE
To agencies and organizations interested in natural hazard mitigation –
We are writing to inform you that the State of New Mexico has received the
largest Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in history for DR-4197/DR-4199.
There is currently over $14 million available to fund natural hazard mitigation
projects and mitigation plans.
All communities and tribes in New Mexico are eligible for mitigation plan
funding. Communities and tribes with a FEMA approved mitigation plan are
eligible for project funding. Please note that your community is eligible
for mitigation funding even if it wasn’t specifically named in the disaster declaration.
The Hazard Mitigation Funding Fact Sheet describes the Hazard Mitigation Program
and a chart showing the types of projects that are eligible for funding. Projects
funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program receive a maximum of 75%
federal funds. There is a 25% non-federal match. State funding may be
available for part of the match (although it cannot be used for natural hazard
risk reduction on private property). The federal funds can be used for natural
hazard risk reduction on private property. Funding cannot be provided for
improvements to federal land or land managed by a federal agency.
Examples of projects that are eligible include natural hazard risk reduction
projects such as;
- re-designing arroyo crossings to increase flow capacity
- detention/retention basins
- hazardous fuels reduction
- education and outreach (funding is limited)
- ·notification systems (funding is limited)
- warning sirens (funding is limited)
- stream gauges (funding is limited)
Significant changes in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program based on recent
We can now request a ‘phased approach’ for land disturbance and construction
FEMA can award “Phase 1” of a project to prepare the detailed eligibility
requirement information (hydrology/hydraulic modeling, soil studies, drainage
construction drawings, final benefit cost analysis, environmental clearance, etc).
If a Phase 1 award is made, your community will be assured to get reimbursed
at least 75% of the pre-award costs used to confirm that all eligibility
requirements are met.
“Phase 2” will be awarded to implement the project after Phase 1 proves
that all eligibility requirements are met.
Recent guidance has clarified that the following activities are eligible for
- Construction, demolition, or rehabilitation of dams
- Construction or modification of dikes, levees, floodwalls
- Large-scale channelization of waterway
- Flood and stream restoration
- Flood diversion and storage
- Green infrastructure
- Aquifer storage and recovery
FEMA will provide technical assistance to your community to discuss potential
projects, assist with Notice of Application preparation and review the general
requirements of the application. If you are interested in applying for funding,
please submit the HMA Notice of Interest Jan. 2016 as soon as possible.
For eligible projects, a full application will be sent to you and will be due back to
the State by March 31st.
If you have questions or want to discuss this opportunity further, please
contact the State Mitigation Program at email@example.com
or 505-476-9682. Calls/emails will be returned the week of January 11th.
Thank you for your interest in mitigation,