RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today announced awards of post-disaster funds through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as a result of the January 2016 severe winter storm. These grant awards represent sustainable solutions to reducing risks to vulnerable structures along the coast.
“VDEM is committed to identifying, coordinating and securing all available funding that can assist localities and emergency response organizations to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made threats we face in Virginia,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “By requiring structures to be elevated to a higher standard than the FEMA requirement, the cities of Hampton and Norfolk will be leveraging these federal funds to make their communities more resilient.”
VDEM received this funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the HMGP, with the state providing matching funds of 20 percent. VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA and awards funds for the projects that were submitted by eligible applicants through a state competitive-grant process. Jurisdictions receiving funding through these grants include:
|City of Hampton||Elevation of 7 Residential
|City of Norfolk||Elevation of 7 Residential Structures||$825,375||$220,100|
For additional information on the HMGP grant funding opportunity, please contact: Robbie Coates – VDEM Grant Manager for Disaster Programs at (804) 897-9766
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971