Building for the Future
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Overview
Following large disasters, N.C. Emergency Management and FEMA work with communities to take actions that will reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards; a process called hazard mitigation. After federally declared disasters, FEMA provides designated funds for hazard mitigation projects. Meanwhile, N.C. Emergency Management works with local governments to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies to protect people and property during such events.
FEMA requires state and local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans in order to receive certain types of non-emergency disaster funds. In 2014, North Carolina’s Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved making the state eligible for additional funds to prevent future damage. Due to the enhanced plan status, North Carolina qualifies for 20 percent (as opposed to 15) of the total federal recovery assistance funds (ie. what has been paid out through the individual and public assistance programs combined). These funds can be used now on projects to minimize the impact of future storms.
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Learn more about the process individual homeowners, businesses, sub-applicants and applicants must go through in order to apply for HMGP and how this process leads to FEMA.