PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Northampton Township, Bucks County, will receive funding for a $570,520 hazard-mitigation project to reduce the risk of flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the acquisition of three residential properties in Northampton Township. Structures will be demolished and the property dedicated for use as open space.
FEMA will release $427,890 to the state of Pennsylvania as the federal share - 75 percent - of the estimated project cost. The state will provide 22 percent, with 3 percent coming from local jurisdictions.
The funds come from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, a keystone of FEMA's efforts 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.