SEATTLE, Wash. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C) grant awards totaling $1,199,250 to the State of Washington and the City of Port Townsend to seismically retrofit City Lake Reservoir’s water transmission lines. According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, the retrofit is designed to mitigate seismic threats to the reservoir and downstream communities.
“The Pacific Northwest is prone to seismic activity, and when experts talk about earthquakes it’s not a question of ‘if’ but rather, ‘when,’” said Murphy. “This project includes replacement of 700 feet of outflow pipes, replacement of 16-inch steel pipe with high density polyethylene (HDPE) and the installation of outlet controls. It will significantly reduce the impact of future seismic events in Jefferson County.”
FEMA’s portion represents 75 percent of the total $1,599,000 project cost, with the City of Port Townsend defraying the $399,750 local share.
Funding mitigation activities reduces the risk to populations and structures, while reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. FEMA’s PDM-C Grant Program primarily supports pre-disaster mitigation planning and projects that address natural hazards.
The PDM program was created through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 as a “pre-disaster” source of funds to mitigate against natural hazards and to complement the post-disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
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.