Archived Resources: Q2 – 2019

Thank you for visiting our archive for all Resources from Q2 of 2019. Here you will find notices of previously released white papers, press releases, and other resources offered by state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies. Please note that because the archived notice is for an expired resource, links to the parent site may no longer work. We apologize for this inconvenience.

April  |  May  |  June

Houston Association of Realtors H-Town Day Flood Recovery Panel Discussion

Representatives from City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and FEMA were speakers on the Flood Recovery Panel at Houston Association of Realtors’ (HAR) H-Town Day event on April 11, 2019. Two hundred of Houston’s top real estate professionals were invited to attend the event. Valuable information on the National Flood Insurance Program, flood map changes, risk assessment, process for funding public assistance projects, among other topics, were discussed. The panel ended with a 20-minute Q&A session.

Listen to the Podcast Here.


Report: Leadership and Professional Local Government Managers: Before, During, and After a Crisis Published, April 2019

In this Leading Edge Research report, Ron Carlee, D.P.A., captures the ideas, feelings, and stories of the professional managers who were involved in different crises, including managers in Texas. By analyzing the common and effective leadership and management skills and techniques that professional managers deploy when a crisis strikes, we can better understand the lessons learned from managers and identify leading or promising practices that can be adopted by others.



Don’t Delay – Get Flood Insurance Today, May 1, 2019

Give your coverage time to kick in before hurricane season starts June 1. If you live in a coastal area and don’t have flood insurance, now is the time to act. Most policies take 30 days to become effective. Homeowners and renters’ policies are great for what they cover – but they rarely include any damage from flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program is only available in communities that participate in NFIP and pass floodplain management regulations to reduce the impact of future weather events. To find out if you’re in an NFIP community, contact your insurance agent or your local floodplain manager.



National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

In observance of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is urging Texans to plan for the whole family, including pets, when preparing for severe weather.



Watch: Facebook Live Featuring FEMA Flood Insurance Subject Matter Expert

The Houston Association of Realtors hosted FEMA’s Regional Flood Insurance Liaison Gilbert Giron on May 19 for its weekly video Facebook Live series. Gilbert and Todd Ward with Harris County Flood Control District discussed what has been done to mitigate flooding since Hurricane Harvey and how realtors can protect themselves and their clients against future disasters. The video offers helpful information about flood insurance of interest for all Texans as we approach the start of hurricane season June 1.

Watch Video


Public Comment Period for Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program and Policy Guide, Deadline July 31

FEMA released the draft of the “Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Policy Guide” for a 45-day public comment period from June 16 to July 31.  Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and considered for the final version of the guide. The draft guide and accompanying comments matrix are available on the FEMA website.  Submit the completed comment matrix by e-mail to


HUD Publishes FY 2019 Income Limits for CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, HTF, and NSP

HUD has published the Community Planning and Development (CPD) Income Limits for FY 2019 for the following programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery Assistance (CDBG-DR)
  • Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Housing Trust Fund (HTF)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

These updated limits are effective as of June 28, 2019 and can be viewed on the HUD Exchange’s Income Calculator page under “Related Materials.” Please note that the calculator has not yet been updated with the FY 2019 income limits. Users should be aware that the FY 2018 income limits in place will continue to be used until the calculator is updated. Please direct any comments or questions to


FEMA P-2062 – Guidelines for Wind Vulnerability Assessments of Existing Critical Facilities

Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 as well as other recent storms, including Hurricane Michael in 2018, resulted in extensive wind damage to critical facilities in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. This manual provides design professionals with guidelines for assessing the vulnerability of critical facilities to wind pressure, wind-borne debris, and wind-driven rain. The manual incorporates observations and lessons learned from recent hurricanes, current building code requirements, past hurricanes, and other historic high wind events.



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