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Commonwealth Awards $765,240 in Nationally Competitive Mitigation Grants

This update was published by Communications
Published: March 3, 2021

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the receipt of pre-disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This award was received under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funding from the FY 2019 competitive cycle.

“VDEM continues to strongly support local governments in meeting their risk reduction goals through the FEMA hazard mitigation assistance grants,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Curtis Brown.

“These federal grants help us provide necessary resources to localities that will benefit from additional hazard mitigation,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian J. Moran. “I am proud of the work VDEM does on behalf of the Commonwealth to reduce our risk during a natural or human-made disaster.”

VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA. The state does not provide matching funds for the PDM grant which is a nationally competitive grant program. In addition to reducing the risk, the city of Roanoke’s project will add to the already existing Lick Run greenway project, which has environmental and social benefits.

2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program:

Applicant: Roanoke, City of

Project Name: Acquisition of 1 Repetitive Loss Structure

Federal Share: $573,930

Non-Federal Share: $191,310

Total Grant: $765,240

Federal Share: 75%

Program Match: 25%

For additional information on mitigation grant funding opportunities, please contact: Debbie Messmer – State Hazard Mitigation Officer at


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