Little Rock, AR -- Funding that will enable local governments to provide long-term solutions to repetitive damages caused by natural hazards has been added to the Presidential major disaster declaration following the December ice storms.
Hazard Mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are available to local jurisdictions through the Mitigation Section of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). The program is designed to protect lives and property by reducing or eliminating losses during future disasters.
Terry Gray, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, said he will be contacting counties affected by the December ice storms after recovery efforts are well underway to explain the program, list the requirements and give examples of possible projects. Gray said mitigation funds will be offered first to counties under the Presidential disaster declaration. ADEM will administer the program with technical help from FEMA.
FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of each approved project under the program. The amount of funding available for the grants is 15 percent of the total costs of all FEMA disaster-recovery funds for a specific disaster.