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FY 2014 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

As of April 21, 2014 FEMA is accepting applications for the 2014 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs. FMA and PDM are competitive grant programs that provide hazard mitigation funding on an annual basis.

PDM provides funds for hazard mitigation planning (cap of $800k for new plans and $300k for plan updates) and hazard mitigation projects with a cap of $3M. FMA provides funding for mitigation projects that will reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

All applications are to be completed through eGrants (https://portal.fema.gov) and submitted to NJOEM by June 16, 2014.   If you are not currently a registered eGrants user you can visit the website and click the "New User" button beneath the sign in area.  Fill out the required information and when prompted for an access code, enter S34 (ensure that the "S" is capitalized).  For additional information, please refer to the announcement and "fact sheet" links provided.

State of New Jersey 2014 State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Quarterly Reports

All projects awarded through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs require quarterly status reports.  The reports are due at the end of each quarter (March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31).  The quarterly report template and instruction sheet are provided below.  Upon completion of each quarterly report; email to NJmitigation@gw.njsp.org.

About Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation ensures that fewer Americans and fewer communities become victims of natural and technological disasters. It is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk and impact to people and property from natural and technological hazards. It results in safer communities that resist becoming victims when disaster strikes. Mitigation measures reduce risk for individuals, small and large businesses, and critical service locations such as hospitals, public safety facilities and utility stations.

Examples of mitigation include:

  • Promoting sound land use planning based on known community hazards
  • Adopting, and enforcing building codes and standards
  • Using fire-retardant materials in new construction
  • Buying flood insurance to protect personal property and belongings
  • Securing shelves and water heaters to walls
  • Elevating structures above the floodplain
  • Retrofitting highway overpasses to withstand earthquakes
  • Strengthening parapet walls on old masonry buildings
  • Anchoring bookcases in schools, libraries, and offices

Current dollars spent on mitigation significantly reduce the demand for large amounts of future dollars when natural disasters strike. This reduces economic disaster, which often accompanies the natural hazard event through destruction of property, loss or interruption of jobs, and closing or disabling of businesses.

To Contact the State Hazard Mitigation Office

Phone: 609-963-6900 ext. 6208
Email: NJmitigation@gw.njsp.org

Hazard Reduction Success Stories - "New Jersey Reduces Damage From Tropical Storm Floyd"

Full Document (pdf - 1219k) - Produced by the NJOEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Tropical Storm Floyd, these stories illustrate some of the ways that people, industry and government in New Jersey reduced potential damage from this devastating storm. Some solutions are "hard" - like pumping stations; others are "soft" - such as environmental approaches to control flood damages. Others rely on common sense. Some projects cost millions, some cost next to nothing.

Mitigation Grant Programs And Project Funding Applications

HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM - The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding is only available in States following a Presidential disaster declaration. Eligible applicants are state and local governments, Indian tribes or other tribal organizations, certain private non-profit organization.

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.

FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - FMA provides funding to help States and communities reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of grants available under FMA: Planning, Project, and Technical Assistance Grants.

FMA Planning Grants are available to help States and communities develop Flood Mitigation Plans. FMA Project Grants are available to help States and NFIP participating communities implement measures to reduce flood losses. Communities receiving FMA Planning and Project Grants must be participating in the NFIP. Examples of eligible FMA projects include: elevation, acquisition (“buy-out”), or relocation of NFIP-insured structures.

FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Brochure [pdf - 66k]

PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - FEMA has long promoted disaster-resistant construction and retrofit of facilities that are vulnerable to hazards in order to reduce potential damages due to a hazard event. Through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Congress approved creation of a national Pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation program to provide a funding mechanism that is not dependent on a Presidential disaster declaration. This new program builds on the experience gained from previous community-based disaster mitigation grants, the HMGP, and other mitigation initiatives.

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