Commonwealth Receives $2,378,817 in Post-Disaster Mitigation Grants 

May 2, 2018  //  
Commonwealth Receives $2,378,817 in Post-Disaster Mitigation Grants 

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 sustainable solutions to reducing risks to vulnerable structures along the coast.

“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 VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “By requiring structures to be elevated to a higher standard than the FEMA requirement, the cities of Hampton and Norfolk will be leveraging these federal funds to make their communities 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 projects that were submitted by eligible applicants through a state competitive-grant process. Jurisdictions receiving funding through these grants include:

Jurisdiction Project Federal
State Award
City of Hampton Elevation of 7 Residential
$1,553,438 $414,250
City of Norfolk Elevation of 7 Residential Structures $825,375 $220,100
Total $2,378,813 $634,350

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

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund