DENTON, Texas -- Additional federal funding is now available to the state of Texas for mitigation projects that qualify under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
The state requested to add the funding program to its July 1 Presidential Disaster Declaration and received approval on July 18. The Major Disaster Declaration designated 45 Texas counties to receive reimbursements for emergency protective measures taken to fight wildfires between April 6 and May 3. The HMGP add-on allows for hazard mitigation funding statewide.
"This is great news, and we are looking forward to working with our counties to apply these funds to worthwhile mitigation projects," said State Coordinating Officer Shari Ramirez-MacKay.
The program provides grants to states, local governments and certain nonprofit organizations to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. It was created to help reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters.
"By adding hazard mitigation grant funding to our recovery operations, we are able to not only help the 45 Texas counties recover from the wildfires, but provide additional grant funding that will be available, statewide," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes. "The funding allows the state to implement critical mitigation projects that will help to reduce risks from future disasters."
The HMGP funds may be used for projects that provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages. Other examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Retrofitting structures and facilities to minimize damages from high winds, earthquake, flood, wildfire, or other natural hazards
- Acquisition of real property for willing sellers and demolition or relocation of buildings to convert the property to open space use
- Elevation of flood prone structures
- Development and initial implementation of vegetative management programs
- Minor flood control projects that do not duplicate the flood prevention activities of other Federal agencies
The state prioritizes and selects project applications developed and submitted by local jurisdictions. The amount of funding available under the program is dependent on the total disaster grants awarded by FEMA for the July 1 presidential declaration.
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.