The expense of reconstruction following a disaster continues to escalate. But there are steps that local governments can take now to reduce those costs by identifying hazards before the storm strikes and taking steps to remove them.
Local governments should coordinate and integrate policies to manage exposure to hazards with policies to accomplish economic, social and environmental objectives. Local governments should also develop partnerships with local private sector and community-based organizations to get them more engaged in the planning and development activities of their communities and leaders. Through partnerships, the local people can be more active in how they want their community to be.
Creating a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Action Plan:
Identifies potential natural hazard threats to your community (such as areas likely to suffer flooding or erosion) through a risk analysis.
Funding for creating a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Action Plan may be available through various sources, such as the federal mitigation and disaster grants and the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Check FEMA’s list to see if your community has an approved plan.
NOTE: If your community doesn’t have an approved multi-hazard mitigation plan, it will not be eligible for federal post-disaster mitigation grants.
Grants administered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) include:
Grants administered by the Texas Water Development Board include:
The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program is an annual cost-share program (75 percent federal, 25 percent local match). Local governments applying for PDM funds for local mitigation projects must first have a local or regional mitigation action plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They must also participate in the National Flood Insurance Program if they have been identified through the NFIP as having a Special Flood Hazard Area. The local share may be in the form of in-kind services as well as dollars, however, no other federal source of money may be used to fund the local share.