Virginia receives $768,172 in hazard mitigation assistance grants

August 6, 2018  //  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2018
Virginia receives $768,172 in hazard mitigation assistance grants

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today announced awards of hazard mitigation assistance funds through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program.  VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and awards funds for eligible projects submitted by eligible applicants.

VDEM received 75 percent of the project funding from FEMA, for which the Commonwealth covers 20 percent of the cost share for HMGP and the applicant covers the full 25 percent for PDM.  Both HMGP and PDM go through an in-state competitive process and PDM is nationally competitive.

“These grants involve critical planning and long term solutions to reduce risks, increase resiliency, and maintain eligibility for pre and post-disaster HMA funding,” said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern.  “The city of Norfolk is implementing its first multi-property acquisition project and DMME (Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy) is working towards improving our understanding of landslide risk, which resulted in the worst disaster in Virginia in terms of loss of life from Hurricane Camille in 1969 in Nelson County.”

The applicant selected for funding under HMGP DR 4262 – January 2016 snow:

Applicant Project Federal
Award
Amount
State Award
Amount
City of Norfolk Acquisition and Demolition of 4 Residential Structures $652,523 $174,006

The applicants selected for funding under FY 2017 PDM:

Applicant Project Federal
Award
Amount
State Award
Amount
VA Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy Enhancement of Landslide Risk in State and Local Plans $85,649 $0
Cumberland Plateau PDC All Hazards Mitigation Plan Update $30,000 $0
Total $115,649

For additional information on the HMGP grant funding opportunity, contact Robbie Coates, VDEM Grant Manager for Disaster Programs, at (804) 897-9766.

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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund