Emergency Generators now eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been informed by FEMA that HMGP applications may now be submitted for emergency generators in the regular project category.    Previously, FEMA would only fund these under the 5% initiative.

Vermont communities may now apply for an emergency generator grant in the upcoming HMGP round of applications due on May 2.     

Throughout the state, potentially there are many critical facilities that either don’t have generators or which  have older generators that are in need of replacement.   This may include police stations, fire stations, rescue squads, water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, hospitals and similar critical facilities.     Some of these larger facilities require generators that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

View Eligibility of Generator Purchase under HMGP and Generator FAQ

There are several advantages regarding  generator projects:

1)      These do not involve lengthy Environmental & Historic Preservation reviews

2)      With a well prepared and complete application, HMGP reviews can be expedited, particularly in communities that have local mitigation plans in place

3)      While a Benefit-Cost-Analysis is required, the attached guidance provides useful case studies which can be easily replicated, particularly for critical facilities

Let State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ray Doherty, know if you have any questions or concerns about this new FEMA policy on generator grants.    The FEMA memo and guidance on frequently asked questions is attached.

If you’ll need any assistance in preparing your HMGP application for an emergency generator, please let RPC staff (Kim McKee: McKee@cvregion.com, Dan Currier: currier@cvregion.com) or Ray Doherty know.  See contact information below.

Ray Doherty,  State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS)
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT  05671
Tel  (802) 241-5258  (office)
Email: ray.doherty@state.vt.us