Money is once again available for Vermont communities for the purpose of mitigating the effects of future disasters on public infrastructure and some private property. The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is now accepting a new round of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications from towns and agencies in all Vermont counties.
HMGP grants cover up to 75 of the costs associated with lessening the potential damage from a future disaster. Projects like flood-proofing of public buildings, culvert replacement, riverbank stabilization and many others have been completed in the past under the HMGP with local jurisdictions paying for 25 of the work.
Flood-proofing public buildings, replacing culverts, home or property buy-outs, structural elevations or relocations, among others are eligible for funding under the HMGP.
Applicants may download the HMGP application from our agency’s website at http://vem.vermont.gov/mitigation. DEMHS staff will assist in the application process; towns can contact Ray Doherty, at 802 241-5258 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or Misha Bailey at 802 241-5362 or email@example.com for assistance.
Deadline for applications is May 2, 2014. Communities are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information media can call DEMHS Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at 800-347-0488.