FEMA Announces Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making funding available for communities to mitigate damage from natural disasters and hazards.  The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program and Flood Mitigation Assistance Programs provide funding for projects that move property out of harm’s way, improve property and infrastructure so that it can better withstand natural hazards, and help communities plan future development to be more resilient.

Commonly funded mitigation activities include:

  • Acquisition – commonly known as a “buyout” is the most permanent form of mitigation. It removes the home completely and the land is converted into open space (e.g. a park). The acquisition process is strictly voluntary.
  • Dry Floodproofing – techniques applied to keep structures temporarily watertight (e.g. sealing a structure to keep floodwaters out)
  • Elevation – involves physically raising an existing structure to the base flood elevation level or higher
  • Minor Localized Flood Reduction – lessens the frequency or severity of flooding by creating retention/detention basins

The deadline for application is August 28, 2015 at 3 pm.  Municipalities interested in applying should contact CVRPC or the Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) at the contacts below.  We will discuss further details of the program and your proposed project.

Ray Dougherty, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS)
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
Tel (802) 241-5258 (office)
Email: ray.doherty@state.vt.us

Gail Aloisio
Assistant Planner
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission