Boise, Idaho -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency, working with the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services (BDS), is providing Kootenai and Shoshone Counties in Idaho roughly one million dollars to acquire properties subject to frequent flooding in the community of Cataldo along the Coeur d'Alene River. The project was approved for $1,074,466 with FEMA funding 75 percent, or $750,000.
David L. de Courcy, regional director for FEMA Region 10, will join John Cline, Director of the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services and representatives from Kootenai and Shoshone Counties in a ceremony on Monday, June 28th at the Masonic Lodge in Cataldo at 1:30 p.m. to highlight the efforts of Kootenai and Shoshone Counties.
Created by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) assists States and local communities in implementing long-term mitigation measures following a Presidential disaster declaration. According to David L. de Courcy, regional director for FEMA Region 10, HMGP grants are used to reduce or eliminate future risk to life and property. "Experience has shown every mitigation dollar spent saves two dollars in disaster response and recovery costs," said de Courcy.