PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced release of $1,394,283 for two hazard mitigation projects in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One project, in Lower Southampton, involves the acquisition and demolition of five single family homes. The other project, in nearby Hulmeville, involves 10 homes.
"This funding is from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is designed to break the recurrent cycle of flood-repair-flood and to limit future loss of lives and property,"
FEMA's Region III Director Rita Calvan said. "We are very pleased to be funding these projects only a few months after the damage occurred."
The total approved cost of the projects is $1,859,045 ($1,021,520 in Lower Southhampton and $837,525 in Hulmeville). The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is contributing 22 percent with the remainder coming from local entities. The homes that are acquired will be demolished and the land will be left as open space for perpetuity.
Under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, local governments affected by a disaster are eligible to submit proposals to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The State selects the proposals it deems most significant and sends them to FEMA for final approval. FEMA provides 75 percent of the approved costs of a project. Hazard mitigation funds are limited to an additional amount equal to 15 percent of other FEMA assistance in the particular disaster.