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Sub-applicants are encouraged to review the strategies and projects in their FEMA-approved mitigation plans to see if revisions are warranted based on the damage experienced during Sandy.  This will also help identify cost-effective, resilient, and ready-to-implement mitigation projects that:

  • Provide a comprehensive approach to floodplain management (e.g., neighborhood-wide initiatives instead of isolated or patchwork solutions, taking into account storm surge, where appropriate);
  • Achieve and reinforce comprehensive long-range goals as identified through coordination with the NYS Departments of State (DOS) and Environmental Conservation (DEC), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), State OEM, the NYS Ready, Respond and 2100 Commissions,  and other local and regional plans and objectives;
  • Support State and Federal goals, like removing structures from Coastal Barrier Resource System Units and floodways, taking advantage of the most current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) mapping data (including Advance Base Flood Elevation maps, or ABFEs), planning for climate change, retaining historic character or unique attributes, and promoting sustainable use.

Before responding to this announcement, and to maximize funding opportunities, potential applicants are also encouraged to carefully review FEMA’s “Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance” for a listing of eligible and ineligible activities (see This information can be found in Sections D.1 (pg. 11) and D.2 (p. 16), respectively.

Please note:  In this HMGP round the State will not fund activities that are eligible for assistance through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program (see or call 518-292-2293) or New York State’s NY Rising Program (see or call 855-NYS-SANDY).  Work at non-critical facilities located in FEMA-mapped riverine floodways, coastal V-zones, or Coastal Barrier Resource System Units is also not eligible.  In addition, the State will not prioritize activities eligible for assistance under New York City’s NYC Recovery Program (see or phone 311).

Special Notes for Structure Buyouts

As noted above, certain housing activities covered by existing Hurricane Sandy housing programs will not be funded or prioritized because Federal law discourages or prohibits the duplication of programs.  However, local governments may sponsor home acquisition projects under this HMGP for residents with properties that do not qualify for the programs noted above if HMGP eligibility requirements are met.[1] 

[1]    Local floodplain officials preforming property damage assessments should direct questions about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain ordinances to the NYS DEC at 518-402-8185; questions about the NYS Building Code should be directed to the NYS Dept. of State, Codes Division, at 518-474-4073.