10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2015
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-6510 or (804) 674-2400
FEMA Approves $1.8 Million Mitigation Grant for Mathews County
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has received final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Mathews County will receive nearly $1.8 million in flood mitigation grant funding made available following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This brings the total grant funding for various Department of Homeland Security and FEMA mitigation projects in Mathews County to more than $6.8 million since 2007.
The $1,774,360 million grant is part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The project involves the elevation of nine properties and the acquisition of two properties. The nine properties to be elevated involve physically raising the existing structure to the base flood elevation level or higher. The two properties to be acquired involve completely removing the homes and converting the land into open space. These actions reduce future flood damages to properties and overall flood risk to the community.
Participation in any FEMA funded mitigation grant is voluntary. Mathews County has until Aug. 2016 to complete this project with the potential for a time extension, if required.
For more information about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.
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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