NEW ORLEANS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today $150 million to the Louisiana Office of Community Development for both project and project management costs associated with the state’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
“At the onset of another hurricane season, we recognize the importance of preparing for future storms. Louisianans are elevating their homes and taking measures to mitigate, and we are proud to support them in their efforts to protect themselves against potential future loss,” said Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell.
The OCD project is a statewide initiative intended to provide funds to complete eligible mitigation activities for residential structures damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Following the storms, Louisiana earmarked $750 million in available FEMA HMGP funding for elevations, pilot reconstructions and individual mitigation measures.
“This grant, provided to the state’s Office of Community Development, further supports Louisiana’s efforts to not only build back, but to do so in a manner that make many properties even stronger than before,” said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. “Louisiana’s mitigation efforts today will help properties withstand possible storm-related damages in the future.”
FEMA’s $150 million funding announcement encompasses dollars provided to cover mitigation measures and project management costs.
To date, the Louisiana OCD has awarded $246 million to 6,166 applicants throughout the state as part of this project.
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.