[20 Test Answers] FEMA IS-329: State Hazard Mitigation Planning

Here are the FEMA test answers to IS-329: State Hazard Mitigation Planning.

Overview: The FEMA IS-329 course was published on 9/3/2019 to provide state officials an opportunity to understand the policies and procedures for updating State Hazard Mitigation Plans, and effectively use the planning process to advance mitigation.

FEMA IS-329 test answers

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Question 1. An enhanced mitigation plan demonstrates the state’s comprehensive approach to reducing losses through development, implementation, and coordination of capabilities. Which of the following is NOT an evaluation requirement for Enhanced Mitigation Capabilities? 
A. Element E2: Planning Integration✅
B. Element E3: Commitment to Mitigation
C. Element E4: Capability to Implement Mitigation
D. Element E5: Effective Use of Mitigation

Question 2. Which of the following is not a component of an enhanced plan review? 
A. Parallel Consistency Reviews: The plan will undergo a parallel review by the FEMA Region and FEMA Headquarters.
B. National Review Panel: Upon satisfaction that all plan elements have been met, the FEMA Region staff submits the enhanced plan to FEMA HQ Mitigation Planning staff for a review by the National Review Panel.
C. Each member of the National Panel reviews the enhanced plan and the individual plan review tools are collected and returned to the state along with a plan review designation
D. Grants Management Performance Review: FEMA Regional Mitigation staff will review the state’s grant program management within 30 days of receipt of the enhanced plan.✅

Question 3. Element S1 of the state mitigation plan review guide asks “Does the plan describe the planning process used to develop the plan”? Which of the following would not be considered in documenting the planning process? 
A. Plan schedule or timeframe
B. How the plan was prepared✅
C. Agencies and stakeholders involved
D. FEMA regional coordination efforts

Question 4. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the mitigation strategy? 
A. Developed by a wide range of state agencies and stakeholders with programs, policies, and projects that are relevant to mitigation✅
B. Provides a monitoring plan that provides for the implementation of actions
C. Includes goals and actions to reduce risk
D. Serves as the long-term blueprint for reducing the potential losses identified in the risk assessment

Question 5. A requirement of the state plan is to identify current and potential sources of funding to implement mitigation actions and activities. Which of the following funding sources is NOT a FEMA mitigation funding source? 
A. Pre-Disaster Mitigation
B. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
C. Flood Mitigation Assistance
D. Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program✅

Question 6. Which of the following is NOT characteristic of an enhanced state/plan under 44 CFR §201.5? 
A. The state has developed a comprehensive mitigation program
B. The state is capable of managing increased funding to achieve its mitigation goals
C. An approved enhanced plan entitles the state to receive increased funds under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
D. State-enhanced plans have a ten-year performance period✅

Question 7. Which of the following is NOT a general step in the planning process? 
A. Assess risks
B. Develop a mitigation strategy
C. Adopt and implement the plan
D. Identify planning team✅

Question 8. The FEMA review of standard state plans involves three general steps. Which of the following is NOT a step in the review process of a standard plan? 
A. Before FEMA issues an approval letter to the state it forwards a copy of the plan and review tool to FEMA Headquarters for comment✅
B. The plan review either has required revisions, which puts you back to the beginning, OR Approved Pending Adoption APA
C. FEMA reviews the plan in 45 days or less
D. State adoption is received and FEMA issues a final approval letter

Question 9. Which of the following is NOT a hazard mitigation action category? 
A. Structure and infrastructure
B. Public Assistance✅
C. Plans and Regulations
D. Natural Systems

Question 10. The submittal and review procedures for all plans, both standard and enhanced, have the same initial submittal and review procedures. Which of the following is NOT a requirement? 
A. If FEMA does not approve the plan and it is returned to the State they will have 90 days to return the plan with the required revisions.
B. The final draft of the state plan will be reviewed by FEMA using the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide within 45 days after receipt from the state, whenever possible (44 CFR §201.4(d))
C. FEMA and the state will work together to determine mutually agreeable communication methods for the schedule, notification milestones, points of contact, and preferred contact information✅
D. FEMA requires that plans be submitted electronically.

Question 11. Which of the following statements is NOT true? 
A. States are responsible for the review of local and tribal mitigation plans before submitting them to FEMA for approval✅
B. States are responsible for providing technical assistance/training to local governments in applying for HMA planning grants and mitigation planning
C. States are responsible for updating and submitting state hazard mitigation plans to FEMA for approval every five years
D. States that have enhanced status have the authority from FEMA to approve local and tribal mitigation plans

Question 12. Which of the following is NOT an identified responsibility of FEMA in state planning as identified in the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide? 
A. Development and distribution of federal data to be included in state plans
B. Review state mitigation activities to ensure mitigation commitments are fulfilled
C. Oversee FEMA pre and post-disaster mitigation programs and activities✅
D. Provide technical assistance and training to states, local and tribal governments

Question 13. Element E6 – Meeting Application Timeframes and Submitting Complete Project Applications is intended to document the state’s performance during HMA application periods. Which of the following would NOT be considered as part of the evaluation criteria? 
A. All applications and amendments are submitted by the end of the application period
B. Application portfolio for any one grant program consists of no more than 9 planning applications✅
C. All applications are entered into FEMA’s data systems
D. Eligibility and Completeness Checklist is prepared for all applications

Question 14. The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is FEMA’s official interpretation of 44 CFR §§201.3, 201.4, and 201.5 and provides a standard operating procedure for the review of state hazard mitigation plans. Which one of the following is NOT addressed in the guide? 
A. Enhanced State Plan Requirements: Outlines the elements that are required to be addressed in an enhanced standard state plan, including state mitigation capabilities and HMA grant management performance✅
B. Maintenance and Monitoring: Outlines the milestones of a 5-year plan for the state to monitor the progress of the plan after it is adopted and approved by FEMA
C. Introduction: Purpose, guiding principles, organization
D. Mitigation Planning Responsibilities: FEMA and State responsibilities

Question 15. Guiding Principles reinforce key aspects of the plan update and review process that FEMA encourages. Which of the following is NOT a Guiding Principle? 
A. Focus on reducing risks
B. Foster cooperative relationships✅
C. Reduce loss of life and property
D. Improve mitigation capabilities

Question 16. Plan integration is one of the major requirements for gaining an enhanced state status. Which of the following is NOT a factor in determining the level of state plan integration? 
A. Continued coordination and exchange between plan stakeholders
B. Enable other agencies to inform the mitigation strategy
C. Demonstrate a history of integrating others that have shared risk reduction objectives✅
D. Embed hazard mitigation in other state planning, decision-making, and development

Question 17. FEMA classifies the review of state plans into three categories. Which of the following is NOT an official designation? 
A. Approval Pending Adoption (APA)
B. Approved
C. Requires Revisions
D. Approved with Conditions (AC)✅

Question 18. The state plan must provide a summary of the changes in development that have occurred and are projected in hazard-prone areas. Which of the following would not be considered in documenting changes in development? 
A. Changes in political or economic conditions✅
B. Changes in land use and the built development
C. Changes to the vulnerability of state-owned or operated buildings, infrastructure, and critical facilities
D. Changes in population

Question 19. An enhanced state is required to submit complete, accurate, and timely quarterly reports and financial reports for HMA projects. Which of the following would NOT be considered part of the state’s requirement under Element E8 of the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide? 
A. State must consistently comply with Financial Management Standard requirements
B. All progress reports must be complete and on time
C. All Federal financial reports and Standard Form 425s are on time and accurate
D. Financial reports are submitted and documented during scheduled FEMA visits to the state✅

Question 20. The Program Consultations encourage flexibility in how States can meet the mitigation program consultation requirement. Which of the following is NOT an expectation of state program consultation? 
A. Consultation must happen at least once a year, whether in person, by phone, or by video conference.
B. FEMA must provide each State with a summary of the discussion after the consultation.
C. FEMA may interview stakeholders that were involved with plan development during the plan consultation process✅
D. FEMA must work collaboratively with each State to develop a process for the consultation during the State’s HMP approval period that meets the State’s needs and objectives.

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