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Re: Pre Disaster Mitigation grant application due June 16

May 16, 2014

Dear Mayor:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced $112 million in funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These programs are available to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in strengthening the nation’s ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and citizens.

Funding is provided for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen the ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FY 2014 Flood Mitigation Assistance grants will continue to focus on reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP with a focus on mitigation planning and the mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations. The FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants will continue to focus on implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program and provide the grant funding set aside as required in the Stafford Act to states and tribes to support overall mitigation planning and projects.

Announcements for both funding opportunities can be found at grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at portal.fema.gov.
Submission Deadline: June 16, 2014

Please contact the Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 extension 6208 or NJMitigation@gw.njsp.org with questions.

Very Truly Yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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