Deadline Extended for FEMA Applications

FEMA officials announced Wednesday that the deadline for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications related to Irene has been extended to September 1. Vermont will establish its own deadlines for municipalities and other eligible applicants to meet FEMA’s deadline. The extension allows better use of available funding, according to Irene recovery officer Dave Rapaport. HMGP is administered by Vermont’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Only state and municipal governments and certain nonprofits can apply, and they’re responsible for a 25 percent match. Projects can include flood-proofing structures or buying out flood-prone properties. HMGP applications can be downloaded at, or contact Vermont’s Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ray Doherty, at 800-347-0488 or for assistance in applying.