After a Presidential disaster declaration, as in the case of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy, FEMA provides HMGP funds for States to administer grant programs that support local hazard mitigation planning and long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and damage to improved property from natural disasters.
- The State of New York, acting through State OEM, is the applicant for FEMA’s HMGP.
- Eligible sub-applicants are State-level agencies, Federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, local governments (to include State-recognized Indian Tribes and authorized Indian Tribal organizations), and Private Non-Profits (PNPs) that perform a government-like function. Organizations deemed eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program are eligible under HMGP.
- Private individuals, businesses and most institutions may not apply for the HMGP, but eligible applicants may apply on their behalf. Collaborative and creative public-private approaches are strongly encouraged in this HMGP.
Please note: Homeowners and businesses may be eligible for storm assistance under a variety of housing recovery programs. In NYS visit www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov or phone 855-NYS-SANDY; in NYC visit www.nyc.gov/html/recovery/html/home/home.shtml or phone 311.
- Generally speaking, sub-applicants seeking project funds must be covered by a current all-hazards mitigation plan at the time of award. (A current plan is one approved by FEMA and adopted by the community; some plans cover individual communities while others are regional or county-wide in scope.) Sub-applicants whose plans have expired may not be able to meet this guidance if they have not begun the update process. Contact State OEM with questions or to review plan status.
- FEMA funds provide up to 75% reimbursement of eligible costs, up to the amount of the award. In-kind services or materials may be used toward the 25% non-Federal match. While most Federal funds cannot be used for the non-Federal match, there are exceptions and the State may provide matching funds in certain circumstances for eligible projects. For a complete listing, please see www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/mitigation/documents/FY2011-HMA-Unified_Guidance.pdf (page 9).
- Projects must be cost-effective as determined by a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) verifying that future benefits (the losses to be avoided) are greater than the project’s cost. For more information, see www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/mitigation/documents/120312-BCA-Worksheet.pdf
- More information about the HMGP, including all FEMA program requirements, is available at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/mitigation/documents/FY2011-HMA-Unified_Guidance.pdf.
Please note: Four additional FEMA mitigation programs are generally announced each spring, subject to Congressional appropriation: the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) Programs. These programs are currently closed, and are not made available with this canvass or its attachments.