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Free Webinar Explains Hazard Mitigation Grants

Friday January 4th, 2019
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that all Pennsylvania municipalities are eligible to apply for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds. These funds may be used for projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future disasters. An upcoming webinar will explain how to apply for these grants.
 
Eligible projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem. For example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damage 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. 
 
Unlike FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) funds, which are directed only to municipalities in declared disaster areas, HMGP funds are open to all municipalities statewide. Furthermore, FEMA covers 75 percent and the commonwealth covers 25 percent of the costs of the HMGP projects that are selected. 
 
To help townships better understand the HMGP application process, the Pa. Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is hosting a free webinar in January. To accommodate differing schedules, the webinar will be presented in the morning one day and repeated in the afternoon the following day. The dates and times are:
 
• Jan. 22 -- 10-11 a.m. (Participants should sign on before 10 a.m. To join the Webex meeting online, go to the sign-in page.)
 
Jan. 23 -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Participants should sign on before 1:30 p.m. To join the Webex meeting online, go to the sign-in page.)
 
To participate in either webinar by phone, call toll-free (855) 797-9485 
 
For more information, contact Jen Carle of PEMA at (717) 651-7072 or jcarle@pa.gov