Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from hazard events. MEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Branch collaborates with governmental and non-governmental partners before, during, and after disaster events to identify, craft, and implement comprehensive hazard mitigation strategies. The Branch's primary tool is FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Through administration of HMA programs we support local jurisdiction mitigation planning, outreach and awareness, and construction projects.
MEMA will consult with subapplicants regarding NOIs selected. This may include project design, site visits, and preliminary environmental and historic preservation consultations.
Once notified by MEMA, subapplicants will develop a complete HMA Subapplication package. The principle components of the HMA Subapplication are the scope of work, budget, schedule, and Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA). In addition to MEMA’s universal HMA Subapplication the following may be required to be submitted: cost estimates, photographs, maps, property information, insurance documentation, deed restriction language, etc. It is the responsibility of the subapplicant to complete the HMA Subapplication package. MEMA is able to provide technical assistance.
MEMA will perform a review of the submitted HMA Subapplication package. Additionally, the package will be reviewed and ranked by the Mitigation Advisory Committee (MAC), a State Interagency Review Committee. The MAC will provide a recommendation for submission to FEMA.
Upon the HMA Subapplication package being submitted to FEMA a review for eligibility, cost-effectiveness, and compliance with applicable Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) policies, laws, and regulations will be conducted. FEMA will notify MEMA of successful grant awards.
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