Mitigation Grants Projects and Property Data Updated on OpenData

FEMA updated the online content about its Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program which shows the funding history of mitigation projects and properties. This data highlights the obligated funds for these programs – Flood Mitigation Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation – since its inception 30 years ago. FEMA’s hazard mitigation grants provide funding to eligible mitigation planning and projects that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The two updated datasets available provide detailed information about the grants awards and obligations.


In the HMA Projects dataset, examples of details include the type of grant, location (county/state/FEMA region), amount of funding, status (open/closed), and mitigation actions (i.e. elevation, safe room, etc.). The second dataset, HMA Mitigated Properties, includes additional details such as structure type, residency type, and year funding was received. This information complements and provides specific details to the data visualization which summarizes the amount of funds obligated and the number of mitigation projects for each of the programs. This information can be viewed by county, state, FEMA region or Congressional District.


FEMA’s mitigation grants reduce overall risk to a community’s residents and structures as well as reduce reliance on federal funding. The program’s goals are to provide a long-term solution to a natural hazard and ensure that the potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the mitigation project in a community. To date, more than $15 billion dollars in mitigation grants have helped local communities, states, tribes and territories across the country.


During March, FEMA is highlighting ways that promote the partnership, commitment to support communities, and build a more resilient nation. Visit to see a detailed timeline about mitigation and the evolution of the program, examples of project highlights and blog posts with reflections from FEMA employees who have been a part of the expanding program over the years.


Copline helps law enforcement officers in crisis

Copline helps law enforcement officers in crisis Law enforcement officers are exposed to trauma, violence and death during their careers. Many officers find those stressors to profoundly impact their health and well-being, but for a variety of reasons never get the help needed to manage these stressors.


Copline (1-800-267-5463) provides confidential mental health support to law enforcement officers, including college and university police, and their families for free. The hotline is operational 24/7 and staffed by retired law enforcement officers who have been there and know the realities of the job.


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

  • Almost 25% of police officers have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.
  • In the smallest departments, the suicide rate is almost four times the national average.
  • The suicide rate for police officers is four times higher than the rate for firefighters, which is also well above the national average.
  • Between 7-19 percent of police officers have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In comparison, only 3.5 percent of the general population experiences PTSD.
  • Police are twice as likely to die by suicide as by homicide.


Retired law enforcement officers are trained in active listening and bring the knowledge and understanding of the many psychosocial stressors that officers go through both on and off the job.


Copline is a national non-profit organization and maintains strict confidentiality. It provides crisis intervention support and referrals to mental health services as needed. Those interested in volunteering with Copline either to staff phones or as mental health providers can read more on the volunteering page.

The Financial Impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Webinar

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

12:00 – 1:00 PM EST


The JPMorgan Chase Institute recently released new research that sheds light on the daily financial experiences and decisions of consumers and small businesses in Houston and Miami in the weeks prior to and following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We observe the broad financial effects of natural disasters—which impact a wide array of consumers and merchants—and draw comparisons between the financial impacts of the two storms. We hope you’ll join us on March 13th for an in-depth webinar to review findings and implications from this research.





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WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized the 15 year anniversary of the start of its mission with a celebration event at the Ronald Reagan Building. Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretaries Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, and John Kelly, as well as past and present DHS employees and leadership. The event was an opportunity to celebrate the momentous anniversary and recommit to DHS’s mission to safeguard the American people. Secretary Nielsen delivered remarks regarding what the Department is doing to combat the persistent and evolving threats facing our country. She also participated in a panel discussion with the former secretaries in attendance regarding how DHS has evolved since 2003. Additionally, she recognized employees from all of the DHS components.

“Today, DHS is on a strong and steady course,” Secretary Nielsen said during her keynote address. “Our workforce is empowered, committed, and proud to serve. And we are working hard to fulfill President Trump’s commitment to make America safe and secure.”

“Each of you, and those of you that might be looking on in this agency across the country, have answered the call of service,” said Vice President Mike Pence in his remarks. “You’ve considered the people of this country more important than yourself. You’ve dedicated your lives to protecting the homeland and for 15 years, you’ve done just that, with distinction and with integrity. And the American people are grateful.”

Several DHS employees who have been with the Department since its creation also had the opportunity to speak. Excerpts from their remarks are below:

“We as a Department are united as one to protect our great nation, defend it from harm, and always remain vigilant,” said Patrick Orender with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“In the heavy days after 9/11, there were so many ideas about how to better protect, secure, and prepare this nation,” said Katie Fox with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “With that came a sense of urgency and an incredible sense of duty to do the right thing for those who had suffered so greatly.”

“My experience with DHS has been incredible and filled with opportunities,” said Scott Santoro with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. “I want to thank my leadership, the secretary, and all of you for what you’re doing to combat crime…thank you and thank you for the opportunity.”

“DHS is unique because of the remarkable mission being carried out by remarkable people,” said Daniel Sutherland, Associate General Counsel of DHS.

“For 15 years now, it has been my honor to serve with the men and women of ICE,” said Wen-Ting Cheng with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “To stand with enforcement and removal operations, and protecting public safety through the faithful enforcement of our immigration laws.”

“While I am proud of my accomplishments, as I am of the achievements of my distinguished colleagues, I would in fact trade it all in for a seat on any one of four flights on 9/11,” said Donald Anderson with the Transportation Security Administration.

“At USCIS, I’m honored to work with people who tirelessly devote themselves to ensure we provide the right benefits to the right person at the right time,” said Leslie Hope with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“We are a tight knit family at the Coast Guard Yard,” said Adam Cole with the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Coast Guard is such a great place to work – it has blessed me and so many others with opportunities to have a secure career, provide for my family, and simultaneously serve my nation.”

“When we were transferred to the newly created Department of Homeland Security, we brought our unique skillset and integrated mission of investigations and protective operations to ensure that our children would never have to witness another day like September 11, 2001,” said Ronald Rowe with the U.S. Secret Service. “We brought our legacy of excellence which is a product of the highly skilled Secret Service workforce who are dedicated to service and are committed to lay down their lives, if necessary, to protect our nation’s highest elected officials.”

Watch the full event here.

2018 Fusion Center Leaders Seminar Sessions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its 2018 Fusion Center Leaders Seminar Sessions, which are based upon guidance from state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners, and federal interagency partners, including the DHS, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This program examines key questions and challenges facing fusion center leaders and their role in homeland security, public safety, and the information sharing environment. The program is designed for senior level fusion center leadership to enhance critical thinking related to homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety intelligence issues at the federal and SLTT levels of government.

This year’s dates and locations include: May 7-11, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona; June 25-29, 2018, Washington, D.C.; and Aug. 13-17, 2018, Portland, Oregon.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please complete and submit this registration form. Any questions can be addressed to the course registrar at or 202-275-4160.

Preventing Human Trafficking in Disasters: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do Webinar, March 13

The DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center), the DHS Blue Campaign, Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, and FEMA, are co-hosting a webinar on Preventing Human Trafficking in Disasters: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide information and resources on how to identify the risk factors that may lead to human trafficking. This also includes information on how to better prepare faith and community groups, first responders and emergency managers to recognize social and emotional impacts caused by disasters. Click here or copy and paste the full URL to register:

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 2:00p.m. (EDT)

The following organizations have been invited to present on this webinar:       

  • All Healers Mental Health Alliance
  • Wheaton College, Humanitarian Disaster Institute
  • Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • DHS Blue Campaign

FEMA Careers Webinar, March 13

March 13, 2018   2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET


When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need.




The webinar will present an overview of FEMA’s mission, career opportunities, the various employment types and developmental roles available within the agency.  In addition, information and advice on the application process, resume writing and interviewing techniques will be provided. All questions will be addressed following the presentation.  Visit



  • Jessica Taylor, Program Analyst in FEMA’s Office of Human Capital and member of Recruitment Branch
  • Lee Crouse, FEMA’s Pathways Internship Coordinator
  • Wendy Walsh, FEMA Higher Education Program Manager



Conference Call-In: 1-800-320-4330, PIN: 376368