Denver, CO -- The Federal Emergency Management announced today a $166,500 Pre-disaster Mitigation Program grant to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe Tribes of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
"The foundation of all effective hazard mitigation efforts is a solid understanding of existing hazards, coupled with a plan to reduce risks from those hazards," said FEMA's Regional Director David Maurstad. "This grant will lay the groundwork for a strong tribal mitigation program, which will ultimately reduce the loss of life and property from future natural disasters."
The tribes will develop a pre-disaster mitigation plan in partnership with Fremont County. During the anticipated 18-month project, tribal officials and the Fremont County Emergency Management Agency will focus on:
- Conducting a hazard analysis
- Conducting a risk assessment
- Assessing the capabilities and resources already in place
- Educating local officials and the public on mitigation strategies
- Developing a joint Tribal Emergency Management System
The Pre-disaster Mitigation grant is awarded on a cost-share basis. The $166,500 federal grant represents 90 percent of the estimated cost of completing the project, with the tribe providing the remaining 10 percent share.