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September is National Preparedness Month. This is the first in a series of Ebb and Flow articles encouraging awareness across the state this month.

Preparedness is not limited to personal disaster kits and knowing your emergency evacuation routes. Hazard Mitigation Action Plans (HMAPs) are a way for local governments to put preparedness at the forefront by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reducing the effects of hazards.

Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM, and Ben McWhorter, E.I.T., CFM, of Freese and Nichols will be discussing facets of HMAPs at the TFMA 2013 Fall...

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Lack of Preparation Contributes to Effects
When municipalities are unprepared, large storm events often overwhelm them with the need to clean up debris, conduct inspections, perform repairs, respond to questions, and verify substantial damage determination regulation requirements are met. Nothing can immunize a community from flooding, but implementing key practices before, during and after large storm events can minimize effects on your community and help prevent severe damage and repeat flooding. (Brief checklists for practices before, during and after a large storm...

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Mitigating flood hazards has become a necessity for many municipalities pursuing a more sustainable community and increased environmental quality. Fortunately, federal funding is available, usually in a 75-percent/25-percent federal/local cost share arrangement, through the authorization of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In Texas, most of the flood hazard mitigation grants are administered through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Applying for and winning grants is a year-round activity. The...

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TagsTWDB, TDEM, HMAP, Funding,