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 the planning efforts and projects that are eligible through the program, as well as an engineering study required for the Commonwealth’s first soil stabilization project under this program.
“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 State Coordinator of Emergency Management Dr. Jeff Stern. “Working together with localities eligible for these type of projects, VDEM is able to secure millions in federal funding and grants that make these types of projects possible and to make Virginia 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 eligible projects that were submitted by eligible applicants through a state competitive-grant process. Jurisdictions receiving funding through these grants include:
|City of Hampton||Installation of emergency generators at two pumping stations.||$82,500||$22,000|
|King George County||Fairview Beach Riverbank Stabilization Project (Phase I) – engineering study||$230,193||$61,384|
|Pittsylvania County||Installation of generators at six fire stations||$180,000||$48,000|
|City of Poquoson||Installation of emergency generators at two sewer pumping stations||$119,962||$31,989|
|Region 2000 Planning District Commission||Regional hazard mitigation plan update||$82,500||$22,000|
|Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Planning District Commission||Regional hazard mitigation plan update||$63,900||$17,040|
|Southside Planning District Commission||Regional hazard mitigation plan update||$75,000||$20,000|
|Virginia Department of Emergency Management||Inclusion of insurance loss data into the Commonwealth of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan||$135,000||$36,000|
For additional information on the HMGP grant funding opportunity, please contact: Robbie Coates – VDEM Grant Manager for Disaster Programs at (804) 897-9766
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.
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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