WASHINGTON – FEMA announced today that the application period for more than $395 million in hazard mitigation grants is now open.
Eligible applicants -- state, local, tribal and territorial governments -- may apply for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants through 3 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 31, 2019 at https://portal.fema.gov.
“We know that every $1 invested in hazard mitigation provides the nation with $6 in disaster cost savings according to the latest report by the National Institute of Building Science,” said FEMA’s Deputy Administrator for Resilience Dr. Daniel Kaniewski. “These types of grants are essential to creating stronger, safer, more resilient communities while also reducing future disaster costs.”
Flood Mitigation Assistance grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For fiscal year 2018, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigating planning, technical assistance and mitigating repetitive loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.
“Since the inception of FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs, projects around the nation have significantly reduced the risks to people and properties from disaster, including floods,” said David Maurstad, FEMA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. “More than 2,300 flood risk reduction projects have been funded, and more than 10,500 properties have been elevated, all working to reduce or eliminate flood damage and more importantly, save lives.”
Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants are awarded annually for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms and wind retrofits. Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants help state, local, tribal and territorial governments build resiliency through measures that reduce risk to lives and property. For fiscal year 2018, $235.2 million is available. States, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. In addition, $15 million is set aside for federally-recognized tribes. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis for priorities including advance assistance, resilient infrastructure projects, and initiatives that incorporate multiple states or tribes.
For more information on the FMA and PDM grant programs, please visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
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