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2021 NIBS TurboGrants Survey


The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback about developing a portal of hazard mitigation resources, TurboGrants, by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). TurboGrants aims to help jurisdictions jump-start mitigation projects and to improve applicants’ capacity of applying for federal grants by reducing difficulties finding existing hazard mitigation resources and technical assistance. Potentially, TurboGrants could help mitigation grants applicants by:
  • Answering what federal funds are the best fit for community-selected mitigation projects 
  • Providing program requirements, limits, and timelines 
  • Linking to agency programs 
  • Providing precedent (similar) projects in other communities 
We need your feedback as potential portal users to make sure this portal will include the most relevant and useful information that will help officials bring mitigation projects to fruition. NIBS will use the feedback to develop a publicly available report and initiate dialogues with related stakeholders to establish the portal.

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NIBS Contact: Dr. Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, Executive Director,
MMC Task Group:
Bryan Koon (MMC BOD), IEM, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, IEM
Russ Strickland (MMC BOD), Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Daniel Kaniewski (MMC BOD), Marsh & McLennan Companies
Jennifer Carpenter, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Genevieve Dabrowski, Environmental Protection Agency
Colin Foard, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Judson Freed, Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Jessie Kome, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jamie Leigh Price, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Laurie Smith-Kuypers, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Forbes Tompkins, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pamela Williams, BuildStrong Coalition
Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan (MMC ED), National Institute of Building Sciences

About NIBS/MMC: The National Institute of Building Sciences was chartered by the U.S Congress to convene industry and government, bringing together experts from throughout the built environment in planning, design, construction, supply, technology, and government. We lead efforts to ensure our buildings and communities remain safe by seeking consensus solutions to mutual problems of concern. The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) brings together a body of experts in a multitude of related fields that address the challenges associated with identifying and implementing effective mitigation and community resilience practices. MMC’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study has informed thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of mitigation decisions that led to effective public policy on many levels.
Privacy Information: This survey is being conducted by Avenue M Group, an independent market research firm working with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) to produce this study. Your personal data will remain confidential and will not be transferred or sold to other parties not associated with the production of this study. Responses will be anonymous when shared with NIBS/MMC and participating organizations, so they will not be able to personally identify you by the information you provide in this survey unless you choose to include identifying information in the open-ended responses. Should you have questions, please contact Trevor Schlusemann at Avenue M Group by emailing You can also contact NIBS by emailing Dr. Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, Executive Director at

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1. Which of the following best describes your profession? (Choose one)
3. Which of the following describes how you typically begin a mitigation project? (Choose all that apply)
4. What, if any, difficulties do you encounter when searching for funding and resources from the federal government? (Choose all that apply)
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