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FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation: The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program [Updated April 5, 2021]   [open pdf - 631KB]

From the Document: "The federal government has historically provided resources to assist in post-disaster recovery and to reduce future risk. Funding for pre-disaster mitigation [hyperlink] changed significantly with the passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 [hyperlink] (DRRA, Division D of P.L. 115-254 [hyperlink]). For each 'major disaster declaration' [hyperlink], the President may set aside from the Disaster Relief Fund [hyperlink] (DRF) an amount equal to 6% of the estimated aggregate amount of funding awarded under seven sections [hyperlink] of the Stafford Act [hyperlink]. FEMA expected this set-aside to be about $300-$500 million per year on average. However, the large amount of disaster assistance associated with the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 19] major disaster declarations [hyperlink] has resulted in additional funding for pre-disaster mitigation. As of February 28, 2021, there was $1.055 billion set aside [hyperlink] in the DRF for pre-disaster mitigation. FEMA has not yet decided whether it will make available all of the set-aside funds each year or hold some back for years with fewer disasters. If FEMA does not use all of the set-aside funding in a given year, it is not clear whether the funds will remain restricted to use for pre-disaster mitigation or be used for other disaster-related expenses."

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CRS Insight, IN11515
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2021-04-05
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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