The FEMA website notes that the 2014 Pr-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program will be opening soon. Last year, the grant application time period began in July. It is my hope that we can try to pursue funding this year for structural elevation. the number of flood zone properties will increase dramatically on July 16th. These funds will go a long way towards assisting home owners address long term flood insurance costs.
Specifically we would be looking to FEMA to fund Structural Elevations as described below:
Structure Elevation – Physically raising and/or retrofitting an existing structure to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) or higher if required by FEMA or local ordinance. Elevation may be achieved through a variety of methods, including elevating on continuous foundation walls; elevating on open foundations, such as piles, piers, posts, or columns; and elevating on fill. Foundations must be designed to properly address all loads and be appropriately connected to the floor structure above, and utilities must be properly elevated as well. FEMA encourages Applicants and subapplicants to design all structure elevation projects in accordance with the American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) 24-05, Flood Resistant Design and Construction. For additional information about structure elevation projects, see Addendum, Part E
In order to submit such a grant FEMA is looking for detailed estimates of various costs, such as labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractor costs. We will need to identify what the federal and non-federal contributions would be (the non-federal contributions would be costs borne by the homeowner for elevating a structure).
As a part of the application, each property owner will be asked to provide the following FEMA required information:
The property address, original date of construction, and two color photographs for any buildings, structures, objects, or manmade sites/landscapes features that are 50 years or more in age. At least one of the two photographs provided of a building should be the front or primary façade showing the elevation;
Any identified federally listed threatened or endangered species and/or designated critical habitat in the project area;
Vegetation, including amount (area), type, and extent to be removed or affected;
Identification of all surface waters in the project area regardless of drainage area, size, or perceived hazard level. Information about surface waters should include dimensions, proximity of the project activity to the water, and the expected and possible impacts of the project upon surface waters, if any; and
A description of any adverse effects on low income or minority populations in the project area.
If a property is a repetitive loss property, the property owner will be required, at the end of the project, to provide an update to the national repetitive loss database (this includes an as-built elevation certificate).
The grant program can provide federal funding for these projects of up to 75% of the cost to elevate a structure.
Essentially I will need your cost estimate, survey plan, building elevations, existing and proposed first floor elevations, flood elevation on the property based upon the July 2014 maps, and the information noted by FEMA above. If you are interested, please let me know. I hope we can start this process when the grant application period opens.