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New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association
PO Box 3924 - Roswell, NM 88202- 575-937-1691
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Veronica Chavez, State Floodplain Coordinator
NMDHSEM/Preparedness Bureau

Phone: (505) 476-9630



CRS for Community Resilience Webinar Series


Nature-based Solutions, Higher Flood Management Standards and FEMA’s Community Rating System


Are you interested in reducing flood insurance premiums while enhancing your community's resilience?


Then this webinar series is for you.


TheNational Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) CommunityRating System (CRS)is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar series will specifically highlight how communities may achieve success in thegreen elementsof the program.


This four-part webinar series is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. CRS experts will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS.


Webinar Series

Individual registration is required for each session. All sessions will run from 2:00 – 3:30PM EST.


·Webinar #1: October 30, TheCRS Green GuideandNatural & Beneficial Functions of Floodplains

·Webinar #2: November 6, Building CRS Capacity:Success Stories at the Local and State Level

·Webinar #3: November 13, CRS Open Space Preservation(Activity 420)Tools, Guidance and Success Stories

·Webinar #4: November 27, CRS Stormwater Management(Activity 450) and Urban Flood Management Best Practices


Continuing Education:1 CEC for each webinar for CFMs who participate in the entire event.


COST:Free, but registration is required. Seating is limited, register early.


REGISTRATION:Individual registration is required for each webinar. Click the date for each event above to register.


All webinar presentations and materials will be made available through the

CRS for Community Resilience website.


By the end of this webinar series, participants will be able to:


·Identify natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and how they increase community resilience;

·Explain how to use theCRS Green Guideand other tools to improve their community's scores in CRS with elements that enhance community resilience;

·Describebest practices for achieving success in the CRS program; and

·Recognize actions that are credited through specific elements of the CRS program

Understanding the NFIP Reform (HFIAA) April 2015 Changes

Register for on-line sessions with FEMA Region 6

In 2014, the U.S. Congress passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA). This law repeals

and modifies certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was enacted in 2012.

FEMA looks forward to working with Congress, the private Write Your Own Insurance Companies and other

stakeholders to implement these Congressionally-mandated reforms and to working toward our shared goals of

helping families maintain affordable flood insurance, ensuring the financial stability of the NFIP and reducing the

risks and consequences of flooding nationwide. FEMA will continue to identify and publish special flood hazards

and flood risk zones as authorized and required by Congress.

For more information about the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act,





Wendy Blackwell, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
NMDHSEM/Preparedness bureau
Phone: (505) 476-9676 
Hello Folks,
  I wanted to inform you about a few recent changes here at the DHSEM Mitigation Program.
  Kevin Dodge has moved on (great opportunity for him and his family back in Texas).  We wish him well with the new job.
  Celsea Morganti is our new Mitigation Specialist.  She is awesome and we are thrilled to have her on board.  Her contact information is , 505-476-9608 desk, and 505-469-4716 cell.  She will be attending the Deming Workshop and working on getting her CFM!
A second Mitigation Specialist position is currently being advertised with the State Personnel Office.  So, we expect to have three full time staff working on the Mitigation Program soon.
  We have established a Mitigation Program email address and phone number.  For general inquiries please call 505-476-9682.  For general correspondence (quarterly reports, extension requests, etc) please submit to .
  We expect that these changes will help to improve inquiry response time and program management.  As always, you can call me directly with any concerns or issues.  Hope all is going well, Wendy.
Wendy Blackwell, CFM
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
NMDHSEM, Preparedness Bureau
PO Box 27111, Santa Fe, NM  87502
505-476-9676 office
505-231-8517 cell
505-476-9695 fax


To agencies and organizations interested in natural hazard mitigation –


We are writing to inform you that the State of New Mexico has received the

largest Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in history for DR-4197/DR-4199.

There is currently over $14 million available to fund natural hazard mitigation

projects and mitigation plans.


All communities and tribes in New Mexico are eligible for mitigation plan

funding. Communities and tribes with a FEMA approved mitigation plan are

eligible for project funding. Please note that your community is eligible

for mitigation funding even if it wasn’t specifically named in the disaster declaration.


The Hazard Mitigation Funding Fact Sheet describes the Hazard Mitigation Program

and a chart showing the types of projects that are eligible for funding. Projects

funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program receive a maximum of 75%

federal funds. There is a 25% non-federal match. State funding may be

available for part of the match (although it cannot be used for natural hazard

risk reduction on private property). The federal funds can be used for natural

hazard risk reduction on private property. Funding cannot be provided for

improvements to federal land or land managed by a federal agency.


Examples of projects that are eligible include natural hazard risk reduction

projects such as;

  • re-designing arroyo crossings to increase flow capacity
  • detention/retention basins
  • bank stabilization
  • berms and dams
  • hazardous fuels reduction
  • defensible space
  • education and outreach (funding is limited)
  • ·notification systems (funding is limited)
  • warning sirens (funding is limited)
  • stream gauges (funding is limited)

Significant changes in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program based on recent

FEMA guidance;


We can now request a ‘phased approach’ for land disturbance and construction


FEMA can award “Phase 1” of a project to prepare the detailed eligibility

requirement information (hydrology/hydraulic modeling, soil studies, drainage

reports, detailed

construction drawings, final benefit cost analysis, environmental clearance, etc).

If a Phase 1 award is made, your community will be assured to get reimbursed

at least 75% of the pre-award costs used to confirm that all eligibility

requirements are met.

“Phase 2” will be awarded to implement the project after Phase 1 proves

that all eligibility requirements are met.


Recent guidance has clarified that the following activities are eligible for

mitigation funding;

- Construction, demolition, or rehabilitation of dams
- Construction or modification of dikes, levees, floodwalls
- Large-scale channelization of waterway
- Flood and stream restoration
- Flood diversion and storage
- Green infrastructure
- Aquifer storage and recovery

FEMA will provide technical assistance to your community to discuss potential

projects, assist with Notice of Application preparation and review the general

requirements of the application. If you are interested in applying for funding,

please submit the HMA Notice of Interest Jan. 2016 as soon as possible.

For eligible projects, a full application will be sent to you and will be due back to

the State by March 31st.


If you have questions or want to discuss this opportunity further, please

contact the State Mitigation Program at

or 505-476-9682. Calls/emails will be returned the week of January 11th.


Thank you for your interest in mitigation,

Updates to Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs
Hi All – The attached policies from the Federal Insurance and
Mitigation Administration (FIMA) modify the  Hazard Mitigation
Assistance Unified Guidance to allow for “major projects related
to the construction, demolition, or improvement of dams, dikes, l
evees, floodwalls, seawalls, groins, jetties, breakwaters… will be
eligible for consideration under the HMGP and PDM.  These project
types will remain ineligible under the FMA program.”

Wendy Blackwell, CFM

State Hazard Mitigation Officer

NMDHSEM, Preparedness Bureau

P.O. Box 27111, Santa Fe, NM  87502

505-476-9676 office

505-231-8517 cell

505-476-9695 fax
FEMA Mitigation Policy     FP-204-078-112-1-HMA-6-18-14
FAQ for Mitigation Policy   HMA-DOP-FAQ for FP-204-078-112-1
TheState Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved in
September 2013and is available at the following link for download;



Storm drains and arroyos are for transporting rainwater runoff. Keeping our stormwater
channels clean helps keep our waters clean. Dumping any pollutants into storm drains or
arroyos is an illicit discharge, is illegal, and is a violation of the Clean Water Act. Report illicit
discharges or illicit connections by one of the methods listed at the bottom of this poster.

• Sewage, pollutants, or hazardous materials introduced into the public stormwater system
Examples of public stormwater systems are curb inlets, catch basins, median drop inlets,
roadside ditches, or arroyos. Stormwater systems flow untreated to natural water bodies
and can directly affect water quality. Storm drains are there to collect stormwater runoff only!
• pet waste (even when left on the ground during your walk)
• changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
• washing paint or construction waste down the storm drain
• yard waste
• leaking trash dumpsters
• failing septic systems

• staining, residues,
• oily substances
• odors
• dry weather flows (no rain in previous 72 hours)
• cloudy waters
• suds

Oil or gas is recognized as sheen on the water. Natural sheens may be differentiated
from an oil/gas sheen by swirling the sheen around in the water. If it re-attaches to itself,
the sheen is oil/gas. Natural sheens will remain separated.
WHAT IS NOT AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE? Allowable discharges include:
• firefighting activities
• water line or hydrant flush water
• lawn water
• air conditioning condensate
• street/sidewalk wash water without detergents
• dust control water
• individual residential car washing
• irrigation water from agricultural sources
Natural sheens may appear as discrete blocks with sharp edges, and when broken
up will remain separated, while oil/gas sheens will re-attach themselves and appear
To report an illicit discharge, illicit connection, roadside trash along the
Interstate or a state road send an email to, or call 505-827-5330.
To report a spill call NM Environment Dept. at 505-827-9329.