CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $2,162,080 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds to St. Joseph County, Ind., for the acquisition and demolition of 16 floodprone structures.
“The Pre-Disaster Mitigation program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of loss of life and property,” said James K. Joseph, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “This project will lessen the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.”
“These significant mitigation investments are essential in our efforts to help Indiana remain resilient and prepared before disaster strikes. Some of these areas have a long history of flood damage, and it takes these partnerships at the local, state and federal levels to identify the right solutions,” said Stephen Cox, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
PDM is a competitive grants program funded annually by Congress. PDM provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through PDM, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $2,882,774 eligible project cost. The remaining funds will be provided by St. Joseph County.
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