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:
|City of Norfolk||Acquisition and Demolition of 4 Residential Structures||$652,523||$174,006|
The applicants selected for funding under FY 2017 PDM:
|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|
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
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971