On Wednesday, February 4th, FTA published proposed guidance for the Emergency Relief (ER) Program for public notice and comment. This guidance is being published as part of FTA’s new Emergency Relief Manual: A Reference Manual for States and Transit Agencies on Response and Recovery from Declared Disasters & FTA’s Emergency Relief Program.
FTA is seeking public comment on the proposed guidance. Comments may be submitted at Regulations.gov using docket number FTA-2015-0002. Comments must be submitted no later than April 6, 2015.
This manual contains proposed guidance on FTA’s Emergency Relief (ER) Program and is intended for states and transit agencies that may be affected by a declared emergency or disaster and that seek funding under FTA’s ER Program. In addition to proposed guidance on the ER Program, this document provides information on other disaster relief resources available through FTA and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a discussion of recommended practices for disaster preparation, and frequently asked questions relating to disaster recovery. This Emergency Relief Manual revises and replaces FTA’s “Response and Recovery from Declared Emergencies and Disasters: A Reference for Transit Agencies,” last updated in June 2013.
This guidance supplements the Emergency Relief Program Regulation – Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014.