ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have scheduled two workshops in June to explain a hazard mitigation program that funds projects that reduce or eliminate damage from future disasters.
A portion of the federal funding made available for disaster response and recovery is allocated for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The program provides grants to states, local governments and Indian tribes to implement long-term hazard mitigation projects after a federal disaster declaration.
State officials will be available to answer questions and provide recovery information to workshop participants and to anyone who is interested.
The workshops are being offered as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds that struck parts of the state in late April.
The workshops are scheduled:
- Magnolia Hall Community Center – Wednesday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to noon,100 Arnold Mill Road - Building C, Woodstock, GA 30188
- City Hall Annex – Thursday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, 26 N. Jackson St., Forsyth, GA 31029
Examples of HMGP projects include, but are not limited to:
- Development or improvement of warning systems that include mitigation measures.
- Construction of public and/or private tornado safe rooms that meet FEMA construction guidelines
- Retrofitting methods, such as elevation in place, structure relocation, structural reinforcement for high wind and seismic events, strapping of utilities, installation of storm shutters, tie downs, and other measures
- Acquisition of property and/or relocation of homes, businesses and public facilities from hazard-prone areas
- Wildfire mitigation, such as creating defensible space, application of ignition-resistant construction and hazardous fuel reduction
- Soil stabilization projects that protect against erosion and landslides
- Structural hazard control or protection measures, such as floodwalls, detention basins and other storm drainage upgrades, and
- Development of a local Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets federal standards
The State’s priority for the HMGP is to fund projects in the declared counties, that reduce or eliminate damages to life and property resulting from severe storms, high winds and tornadoes.
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.