DENTON, Texas -- Recovery from summer flooding in five New Mexico counties can only be complete after state, tribal and local officials work toward preventing or minimizing losses in a future disaster.
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer mitigation assistance through a variety of programs. FEMA grant programs include the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).
"These grant programs provide needed funds for reducing or eliminating the long-term risk to life and property from the effects of natural hazards," said John W. Wheeler, Cabinet Secretary for DHSEM.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP):
HMGP is activated when the president declares a disaster. The amount of dollars available for mitigation equals 15 percent of the amount FEMA spends to assist communities in the recovery process.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA):
The FMA program is designed to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flooding to structures insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA provides FMA funds to assist states and communities to implement mitigation measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM):
The PDM program provides funds to states and communities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.
"Each of these hazard mitigation grant programs help to make communities safer," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman. "Mitigation programs are also designed to reduce the financial impact of disasters on states and on the Nation."
President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for New Mexico on Sept. 13 designating the counties of Cibola, McKinley, Mora, San Juan, and Socorro to receive Public Assistance (PA) funding. Hazard Mitigation funding was approved statewide.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.