MAY 12 1997
Mr. Joseph F. Myers
Director, Division ofEmergency Management
Department of Community Affairs
2470 Centerview Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Attention: Charles Speights, Florida State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Dear Mr. Myers:
This letter responds to a second appeal filed on behalf of the City of Venice, Florida for a grant under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The grant was requested to defray the cost of constructing a Hurricane Information Center (HIC) in the Venice Public Library. The State of Florida's project number is 982.0012. The grant application was submitted after disaster declaration FEMA-982-DR-FL.
Unfortunately, I must deny the grant because the proposed project does not meet the critical eligibility requirements of the HMGP. To be eligible for a grant under the HMGP, the HIC must solve a problem independently, and substantially reduce the risk of future damages. Projects that merely identify or analyze hazards or problems are not eligible.
Funding under HMGP remains available. You have the option of proceeding with the project using Florida's five percent initiative funding. FEMA Region IV staff are available to assist you and the City of Venice in identifying suitable alternative risk reduction measures for the Venice community.
If you have any questions, please contact Bob Shea, Director of the Program Implementation
Division at (202) 646-3619. We look forward to working with you on this matter.
Richard W. Krimm
Executive Associate Director