PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, will receive funding for a $300,000 hazard mitigation project to reduce the risk of flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the city's plan to install automatic power transfer switches and quick connection couplings for emergency power generators at four municipal buildings. This will allow the city to maintain debris removal and roadway clearing in support of recovery operations during power outages following storms and other events.
FEMA will release $225,000 to the state of Virginia as the federal share - 75 percent - of the estimated project cost. Local and state jurisdictions will provide the remaining 25 percent.
The federal funds come from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is intended to reduce risk from future disasters by breaking the disaster-repair-disaster cycle, thus saving economic and emotional costs.
Communities present hazard-mitigation proposals to their states. The states select from among these proposals, using their own criteria. FEMA reviews the states' choices to make sure they comply with federal law and are cost effective. If the proposals pass these tests, FEMA releases the funds to the states.
Hazard-mitigation funds are limited. The money available is an additional amount equivalent to 15 percent of the federal money spent on response and recovery operations in a federally declared disaster.