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Commonwealth Receives $2,635,992 in Post-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grants for Tropical Storm Michael

This update was published by Communications
Published: August 26, 2020

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the receipt of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Awards received under this grant program help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. These awards will fund actions that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.

“I am proud of the work VDEM does consistently to protect and support all communities across Virginia,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “This funding from FEMA will bolster hazard mitigation in Newport News and defend against damage from future natural disasters.” 

“This project for Newport News is a great example of innovative projects to reduce the long term risk to life and property,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Curtis C Brown. “VDEM continues to look for equitable ways to prioritize grant funding.”

VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA and the state may provide matching funds. The jurisdiction receiving funding through this grant is the City of Newport News.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding from Tropical Storm Michael

CommunityProject NameFederal ShareNon-Federal ShareManagement CostsTotal Project Costs
City of Newport NewsHardwood’s Mill Dam Improvement Project$1,882,830$627,610$125,552$2,635,992
Total Project Costs$2,635,992

For additional information on the HMGP 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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