FEMA Requests Comments on Proposed Public Assistance Policy
April 22, 2016
This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted new proposed Public Assistance standards in the Federal Register. Comments are due by May 23, 2016.
This proposed policy language would require applicants to apply nationally accepted hazard-resistant codes and standards to buildings located in hazard prone areas under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster and Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) § 323, 42 U.S.C. § 5165(a).
The proposal states, “When using Public Assistance funds to repair, replace or construct buildings located in hazard-prone areas, applicants would use, at a minimum, the hazard-resistant standards reflected or referenced in the International Building Code (IBC). Costs associated with meeting these standards would be eligible.” According the FEMA notice, the proposed policy would not have the force or effect of law.
The proposed policy is available online.