CDBG-DR Program Launch: Action Plan to Project Implementation

The Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division (DRSI) hosted a webinar series for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees to provide information on how to successfully and compliantly implement their projects projects.

The webinar discussed best practices and lessons learned in progressing from the Action Plan to projects getting implemented. It addressed topics such as staffing, systems, project management, quality assurance, and recordkeeping.

Unlocking Federal Disaster Assistance for Response during COVID19

Offered by ICF, this training details the ins and outs of funding for emergency protective measures.

Training Outline

  • Review funding that is available now to help you prepare.
  • Review funding that may become available after a disaster declaration.
  • Find out how to help educate and support stakeholders on the funding requirements.
  • Discuss the potential consequences that come from failing to prepare.

A hurricane could cause major complications for overburdened officials trying to navigate the trifecta of COVID-19, emergency operations, & federal funding requirements.

CDBG-MIT Webinar Series: Using FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Toolkit

The Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division (DRSI), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hosted a webinar to provide guidance to Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees on using FEMA’s Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Toolkit to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of planned mitigation projects.

Training Outline

  • CDBG-MIT requirements for demonstration of project benefits (including alternate demonstration of benefits)
  • How to download, launch, and input data into FEMA’s BCA Toolkit to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of planned mitigation projects
  • How to navigate the BCA Toolkit and access its Help Content and other FEMA BCA resources
  • How to generate project reports and export project files for inclusion in grant applications

Human-Centered Design

Enterprise Design Thinking is IBM’s approach to applying design thinking at the speed & scale a modern enterprise demands. It helps our teams not only form intent, but deliver outcomes – outcomes that advance the state of the art and improve the lives of the people they serve. These credentials were validated by IBM Design Global through course completion and real-world application, and against the criteria set by the Enterprise Design Thinking Center of Competence.

Practitioner Credential

Co-Creator Credential

Foundational FEMA Independent Study Courses

Completed the following online self-paced courses through FEMA: