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FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is a wonderful resource for state and local governments that have been adversely affected by a natural disaster and that are striving to minimize future damage from future storms. FEMA grants can help municipalities protect their most important lands and buildings—especially those that have been damaged by past storms.

While all communities that have recently been affected by severe weather or another natural disaster are eligible to apply for FEMA hazard mitigation grants, only certain projects will be approved. Specifically, your project must take steps to prevent future losses during similar events and your project must cost less than the long-term potential savings. In addition, your plan for mitigation must be in line with your state’s more general hazard mitigation plan.

Here are just a few examples of projects that have been approved for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program:

  • Elevating buildings to protect from floodwaters.
  • Purchasing property that is susceptible to damage or that has been damaged in the past.
  • Retrofitting structures to protect against high winds.
  • Retrofitting structures to protect against earthquakes.
  • Retrofitting structures to protect against floods.
  • Retrofitting structures to protect against wildfires.
  • The development and initial implementation of vegetative management programs.
  • The demolition of buildings in hazardous areas.
  • The relocation of buildings in hazardous areas.
  • The construction of levees and floodwall systems that protect critical facilities.

Taking steps to protect public buildings and public property from potential future hazards has a host of benefits. For example, your insurance premiums could go down if you can prove that your buildings and properties will be protected against common hazards.

Do you have a question about a governmental insurance claim, or about getting public property repaired after a loss event? Contact The Voss Law Firm today.

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