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Applying for FEMA Assistance Grants – Best Practices for Success: Webinar Participant Information

Originally recorded April 1, 2021

CHA is pleased to join with the Cal OES Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) team to help hospitals apply for funds from FEMA’s HMA grant program. 

Experts will cover general information regarding FEMA’s HMA grant program, including the types of projects the program is capable of funding, and discuss best practices for successful subapplication development. There will be ample time for questions.

Applications for certain grants must be submitted by May 1, 2021. Join us as we address:

  • Eligibility requirements 
  • The 5% initiative, project scoping, and Advance Assistance
  • Cost effectiveness requirements including the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)
  • Eligible project types, including wildfire mitigation, infrastructure protection/hardening, and generator (backup power)
  • Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) review considerations

We will also cover critical deadlines and where to turn for Cal OES technical assistance.

  • Overview of FEMA HMA program for natural disasters
  • Hospital eligibility requirements 
  • Potential projects for hospitals
  • Cost-Effectiveness (Benefit Cost Analysis)
  • Best practices
  • Grant timeline
  • Available resources and Cal OES technical assistance

Scott Baldwin
Senior Mitigation Manager
Hagerty Consulting

Scott Baldwinis a subject matter expert in natural hazard mitigation in both the pre- and post-disaster recovery environments. Scott has more than 10 years of experience in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Public Assistance (PA) programs, and has worked closely with states and communities in Colorado and California.

Vanessa Castillo 
Mitigation and Planning Consultant
Hagerty Consulting

Vanessa Castillo has extensive experience in the implementation of the FEMA mitigation programs. Before joining Hagerty, she was a Mitigation Specialist with the state of Colorado where she contributed to the successful implementation of more than $65 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for Colorado’s largest disaster.

Jacy Hyde 
Chief of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch
Cal OES

Jacy Hyde is the Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer and has expertise in forest ecology. Jacy earned her PhD by researching strategies to mitigate risks and impacts associated with energy infrastructure development.

Mary Massey
Vice President, Emergency Management
California Hospital Association

Mary Massey has more than 25 years in hospital emergency services and county health disaster management. She participates in multi-agency, state and federal coalitions and deploys with the CA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance (DMAT) Team.

Amelia Muccio  
Director of Mitigation
Hagerty Consulting

Amelia Muccio is a subject matter expert in disaster recovery. With more than 15 years of experience in public health, disaster preparedness, mitigation, and financial recovery, Amelia has helped clients obtain $5 billion in federal funds after major disasters, including Hurricane Sandy, the California Wildfires, and Hurricane Harvey.