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Commonwealth Awards $2,420,393 in Nationally Competitive Mitigation Grants

This update was published by Communications
Published: October 13, 2020

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the receipt of two awards of pre-disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). One award was received under the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA) to address the impact of flooding on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insured properties, and the second award was approved Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funding from the 2019 grant. These grant awards represent planning and design solutions to reducing risk to vulnerable structures and infrastructure across the Commonwealth. 

“Financial support to manage and mitigate all types of natural disasters is more critical now than ever before,” said Secretary Brian J. Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “I am proud of the work VDEM continues to do on behalf of the Commonwealth and their demonstrated commitment to prevention and preparedness efforts.”

 “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 and disasters we face and experience in Virginia,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Curtis Brown. 

VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA. The state does not provide matching funds for these PDM or FMA grants which is a nationally competitive grant program.   Jurisdictions receiving funding through these grants include:

2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program

2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

The 2020 grant application period is open now to receive applications for the FMA and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), which is the grant program replacing the current PDM grant program.  Information regarding the new BRIC program can be found FEMA BRIC Program

For additional information on mitigation grant funding opportunity, please contact:

Debbie Messmer – State Hazard Mitigation Officer at 

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

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