Hazard Mitigation Section 404

Hazard Mitigation is action  taken  to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their  effects. One  type of hazard mitigation funding provided for in the Stafford Act, Section 404, is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). HMGP funding is available after disasters, but is not under the jurisdiction of the Public Assistance Program. Program grant funds available under Section 404 of the Stafford Act provide states with the incentive  and  capability to implement mitigation measures that previously may have been infeasible. The main purpose of the HMGP is to ensure that the opportunity to take critical mitigation measures to protect life and  property from future  disasters is not lost during the recovery and reconstruction process following a disaster.

The  State  manages  the  program and  is responsible for  soliciting applications from eligible applicants. The  amount of assistance is derived through a formula based  on the  aggregate assistance  given to the  State. Eligible applicants include State and  local governments, certain private nonprofit organizations, and  Native American  tribes  and  Alaskan Native Villages. Projects submitted to the State must be in keeping with the State’s hazard  mitigation plan,  address  severe detrimental impacts,  and  have the greatest potential to reduce future losses. Eligible projects include acquisition of hazard-prone property, retrofitting existing  buildings and  facilities, elevation of floodprone structures, infrastructure protection measures, and nonstructural measures  such as planning.

Applicants  who have questions regarding the Hazard  Mitigation  Grant Program should  contact the Public Assistance Coordination Crew Leader, Joint Field Office staff, or the State Hazard  Mitigation  Officer.

The Section 404 Hazard Mitigation  Program may apply statewide or may apply in specific counties; the Section 406 Hazard Mitigation Program applies to specific damaged facilities (see Hazard Mitigation, Section 406).

Hazard Mitigation is  action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property  from natural hazards and their effects. One type of hazard mitigation funding  provided for in the Stafford Act, Section 404, is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). HMGP funding  is available after disasters, but is not under the jurisdiction of the Public  Assistance Program. Program grant funds available under Section 404 of the  Stafford Act provide states with the incentive and capability to implement  mitigation measures that previously may have been infeasible. The main  purpose of the HMGP is to ensure that the opportunity to take critical  mitigation measures to protect life and property from future disasters is not  lost during the recovery and reconstruction process following a  disaster.
   The State manages the program and is responsible  for soliciting applications from eligible applicants. The amount of  assistance is derived through a formula based on the aggregate assistance  given to the State. Eligible applicants include State and local governments,  certain private nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribes and  Alaskan Native Villages. Projects submitted to the State must be in keeping  with the State’s hazard mitigation plan, address severe detrimental impacts,  and have the greatest potential to reduce future losses. Eligible projects  include acquisition of hazard-prone property, retrofitting existing buildings  and facilities, elevation of floodprone structures, infrastructure protection  measures, and nonstructural measures such as planning.
   Applicants who have questions regarding the  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program should contact the Public Assistance  Coordination Crew Leader, Joint Field Office staff, or the State Hazard  Mitigation Officer.
   The Section 404 Hazard Mitigation Program may  apply statewide or may apply in specific counties; the Section 406 Hazard  Mitigation Program applies to specific damaged facilities (see Hazard Mitigation, Section 406).
   References:   Section 404 of the Stafford Act
   Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Desk Reference,  FEMA 345
   Public Assistance Guide, FEMA 322, pages 115,  116, 124-125

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