BOISE, Idaho -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C) grant awards totaling $1,085,617 to the State of Idaho to retrofit the North Idaho Correctional Facility located near the town of Cottonwood, in Idaho County. According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, the retrofit is designed to mitigate multiple hazards facing the facility, including severe storms and wildfires.
“This multi-hazard mitigation project includes enhancing the fire resistance of building exteriors, the creation of defensible perimeters, fuel reduction initiatives and underground power lines, as well as the installation of backup generators,” said Murphy. “By providing more robust and reliable power and lighting this project will also enhance the safety and security of facility staff, facility residents, and neighboring communities.”
FEMA’s portion represents 75 percent of the total $1,461,581 project cost. The local share of $375,964 will come from the Idaho Department of Corrections.
The Idaho Department of Corrections developed the project and application in coordination with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (BHS). A national panel reviewed the project as well as other competing applications submitted from across the nation. The grant will pass to the Department of Corrections through BHS which functions as the State Administrative Agency in Idaho for FEMA grants.
“The most effective method of emergency management is the method that proactively identifies hazards and then takes steps to mitigate those hazards before they become bigger issues,” said BHS Director Brigadier General Bill Shawver. “We consider it important to be actively engaged in that proactive process and are pleased to be able to assist the facility in becoming more resilient.”
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.