RICHMOND–The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is working to ensure that those communities which are eligible for federal grants to mitigate the impacts of future natural disasters are able to apply for grants to fund their hazard mitigation projects. The deadline to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Matthew (DR-HMGP-4291) is Friday, April 14, 2017.
HMGP funding helps communities implement measures to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. Approximately $5.4 million will be available for mitigation measures associated with Hurricane Matthew. HMGP funds are awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and are based on total funds awarded through the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance grant programs.
“Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “We want to work closely with localities that can benefit from this funding to ensure their projects are highly competitive for these federal funds.”
VDEM encourages all potential recipients to submit applications for projects that fall within one or more of the following areas of priority:
- Climate resilience mitigation activities
- Large-scale projects with whole community impacts
- Holistic, multi-hazard mitigation measures
- Infrastructure protection
- Alert and warning projects
- State level projects
- Improved data in mitigation plans to drive project development
For information on eligible projects and how to apply, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-management-community/grants/hmpg-2016/
For more information regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, please contact Robbie Coates, Grant Manager, Disaster Programs at (804) 897-9976 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, visit vaemergency.com.
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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