Commonwealth Receives $548,430 in Post-Disaster Mitigation Funds

August 20, 2018  //  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 20, 2018
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today announced awards of hazard mitigation assistance funds, through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), following the January 2016 snowstorm.

VDEM received 75 percent of the project funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for which the Commonwealth covers 20 percent of the cost share. Projects from the HMGP go through a competitive in-state selection process.

The purpose of HMGP is to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration in the areas of the state, tribe, or territory requested by the governor or tribal executive. The key purpose of this grant program is to enact mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.

“Projects of this type completely remove the risk and provide an opportunity for property owners to relocate to a more resilient location,” said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern.

“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program shows the importance of having a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan that results in tangible measures to protect life and property,” said VDEM Region 1 Chief Regional Coordinator Lori Dachille.

Applicant Project Federal
Award
Amount
State Award
Amount
Projected Future Damages Avoided
City of Emporia Acquisition and Demolition of 10 Residential Structures $548,430 $146,248 $1,932,000
For additional information on the HMGP grant funding opportunity, contact VDEM Grant Manager for Disaster Programs Robbie Coates at (804) 897-9766.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund