OKLAHOMA CITY – While federal hazard mitigation funding is typically awarded to states months after a major disaster declaration, Oklahoma is already receiving expedited funds to pay for approved mitigation projects.
More than $1.8 million has so far been obligated to communities in Oklahoma. Included in that amount is a $1 million grant for Oklahoma City homeowners who were chosen by a random selection process to receive safe room rebates in 2012.
The monies are generated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and local jurisdictions have used to fund a variety of projects, including school and residential safe rooms. Since 1999, this and other hazard mitigation programs have helped subsidize more than 11,000 safe rooms in Oklahoma.
“As we continue to work closely with local and federal partners on ways to reduce damage from future storms, milestones like these are important steps,” said State Coordinating Officer and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Deputy Director Michelann Ooten.
More HMGP funding – for a wide variety of initiatives – is expected to be announced later this year as part of the May 20, 2013 major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2.
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program supports communities as they implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman.
For more information on HMGP, visit: FEMA.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.
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.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.