Powering Forward Ep. 1 | FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program

April 24 | 2020

2:00 pm ET


April 24 | 2020

3:00 pm ET


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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is a new program at FEMA to help states, local communities, tribes and territories undertake hazard mitigation projects to reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards. This new pre-hazard mitigation program was authorized in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA), which amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).

Join this webinar hosted by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Clean Energy Business Network, and National Association of State Energy Officials to learn more about this important program and ways it can help communities strengthen their energy resilience. At a time of a growing public health emergency, it is more critical than ever for communities to understand the tools available to ensure reliable and resilient power supplies.

Powering Forward is a webinar series from BCSE & CEBN that examines developments across the clean energy economy in the U.S. This series acknowledges unique impacts facing clean energy industries at this trying time, along with the vital role of our sectors in our future economic recovery. Each episode is produced collaboratively with partners working to advance clean energy, demonstrating that together, we can power forward through this crisis to emerge as a stronger, more resilient America.


Camille Crain, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Section Chief at FEMA Headquarters, will provide an overview of the program, case studies, and criteria for projects.

Megan Levy and Ben Bolton, Co-Chairs of the NASEO Energy Security Committee, will discuss technical assistance to tribal entities for energy resilience, ongoing county-level engagement on hazard mitigation planning for energy systems in Kentucky, and ongoing energy resilience and hazard mitigation planning for water/wastewater facilities in Tennessee.

Anna Pavlova, Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric and Manny Perotin, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith will provide industry perspectives on BRIC implementation and the types of projects that could be supported by this program.

Given the packed agenda, we will not have time for questions, but participants may send any questions for later follow-up via chat to the moderator or email to Andy Barnes.