The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike (Disasters) and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Louisiana. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this Public Notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (ACHP) regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried out by the 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) implemented pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 and its implementing regulations, 44 CFR Part 206.
The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has applied for FEMA HMGP funds in order that GOHSEP may in turn provide funding to eligible Subgrantees consisting of parishes, municipalities, Indian Tribes and tribal organizations, and certain private non-profit organizations to enable these entities to assist eligible recipients.
The objective of the HMGP program is to accomplish long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property from future disasters. Grants under HMGP are available statewide, and hazard mitigation activities funded may not necessarily relate to the damages caused by the Disasters.
FEMA, in consultation with the SHPO and other consulting parties, including the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and participating Federally-recognized Native American Tribes, are developing the Louisiana State-Specific Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Programmatic Agreement (LA HMGP PA) to address any adverse effects of the LA HMGP program and thereby satisfy FEMA's responsibilities in accordance with Section 106 of the NHPA.
Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on the development of the LA HMGP PA to FEMA. Comments can be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on June 3, 2010 at http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/ (thuis web site) or by regular mail.
Mailed comments should be sent to:
Louisiana Recovery Office
Historic Preservation - 4th Floor
1 Seine Court
New Orleans, LA 70114
If mailed, comments and requests must be physically received at this address by June 17, 2010.