Barletta Announces Opening of Application Period for Federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) reminds officials across Pennsylvania’s 11th District of the opportunity to apply for funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. The application period will remain open until 3 p.m. EST on Jan. 31, 2019. These programs provide funding to states, tribes, territories, and local governments for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
“Pennsylvania is no stranger to the threats posed by natural disasters, having suffered major damages in 2011 from Hurricane Lee and Tropical Storm Lee, to this year’s summer storms that caused flooding in 20 counties across the state,” Barletta said. “Last year, 26.4 million Americans were affected by a disaster. Moving forward, we must invest in making our communities safer and more resilient before disaster strikes, and that’s exactly what these grant programs help us do.”
Barletta, who is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee, has long been an advocate for investing in pre-disaster mitigation. That’s why, last year, Barletta introduced his Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA). Specifically, DRRA implements broad reforms at FEMA and increases the federal emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation, which can include proactive preparation and planning, elevating or moving structures prone to flooding, and hardening structures to mitigate effects of hurricanes or earthquakes. The Senate is expected to pass DRRA as part of H.R. 302 later this afternoon.
For more information on DRRA, please visit https://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/drra_packet_hr302_92418.pdf. For more information about PDM and FMA, please visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program. Additionally, interested organizations may contact Mike Shay at Rep. Barletta’s Hazleton office at (570) 751-0050 or by email at Michael.Shay@mail.house.gov.