A committee of Vermont emergency officials and planners has forwarded a list of 35 mitigation projects to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval. The $13-million in projects are part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that awards funds to communities to fix problems that could cause damage in future disasters.
HMGP covers up to 75 of project costs – which would be just over $10-million if all projects are approved. Communities are required to provide a 25 local match to cover the costs. The funds are made available after a federal disaster declaration through competitive grant application process administered by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
A state committee reviews all applications to determine which projects meet federal standards and will have the greatest impact. Projects approved by Vermont range from elevation of buildings, to culvert upgrades, to home buyouts. All projects must be approved by FEMA.
The program also provides funds for planning initiatives. The $13-million total includes $1.5-million in planning grants that will serve 23 Vermont towns.
To date, Vermont has approved $38-million in mitigation projects following the Irene disaster declaration – with $28-million being the federal share, of which FEMA has approved $15-million
For more information contact Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, at 800-347-0488.