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The Biden administration is doubling federal funding to $1 billion this year for state and local pre-disaster mitigation efforts through a nascent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program meant to “categorically shift the federal focus from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience,” according to an announcement this week.
FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program (BRIC) has yet to announce recipients from its first application cycle, which ran September through January. It made $500 million available for projects that mitigate risk, incorporate nature-based solutions, and support public infrastructure and adoption and enforcement of modern building codes. But the agency has revealed that requests from states and territories totaled more than $3.6 billion.
In addition to noting the added funding support for FEMA, Monday’s announcement outlines new steps to incorporate resilience focuses across a range of federal agencies. Examples include the Department of Energy supporting more microgrid technologies and the Department of Transportation promoting “future-proofed” transportation investments.