Commonwealth Receives Over $650 Thousand in Pre-disaster and Flood Mitigation Grants

January 24, 2017  //  

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), has received $653,675.00 from federal grants to award to requesting localities as part of their pre-disaster mitigations programs.

“A ready Virginia is a resilient Virginia. These funds will provide updated planning and mitigation to reduce or even eliminate the effects of disaster events across the Commonwealth,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “We partner with each locality to protect lives and property through these grants.”

VDEM received this funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program. PDM is a nationally competitive grant program, for which FEMA awards funds for eligible projects submitted by local governments, state agencies, and planning district commissions. Once received, VDEM then awards funds for the eligible projects that were submitted by localities throughout the state as part of the grant process.

“These grants represent an excellent opportunity to support building safe, secure and resilient communities in response to the potential impact of hurricanes and recurrent flooding,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “This is another innovative tool for enhancing the Commonwealth’s resilience.”

Four regional hazard mitigation plans and the State Hazard Mitigation Plan will be updated as part of the hazard mitigation grants initiatives. Each Planning District Commission will research and review the data from the previous plans, update any disaster information that has taken place since the last update, and modify goals and strategies.  FEMA requires each jurisdiction within the planning district to update the plan every 5 years in order to be eligible for hazard mitigation assistance funds. The regional Wildfire Mitigation Plan for Central Shenandoah will be the first of its kind in Virginia.

The following applicants received funds through the PDM Program:

Project Applicant Award Amount
1 State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update VDEM $250,000.00
2 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Mount Rogers Planning District Commission Mount Rogers Planning District Commission $65,000.00
3 Central Shenandoah PDC Wildfire Mitigation Plan Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission $40,000.00
4 Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission HMP Plan Update Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission $72,000.00
5 Southwest Virginia DRU Plan Update Southwest Virginia Community College $55,000.00
6 Northern Neck Planning District Commission HMP Update Northern Neck Planning District Commission $71,675.00
7 Radford University Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Radford University $100,000.00

Total Awarded:   $653,675

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Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund