FEMA updated the online content about its Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program which shows the funding history of mitigation projects and properties. This data highlights the obligated funds for these programs – Flood Mitigation Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation – since its inception 30 years ago. FEMA’s hazard mitigation grants provide funding to eligible mitigation planning and projects that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The two updated datasets available provide detailed information about the grants awards and obligations.
In the HMA Projects dataset, examples of details include the type of grant, location (county/state/FEMA region), amount of funding, status (open/closed), and mitigation actions (i.e. elevation, safe room, etc.). The second dataset, HMA Mitigated Properties, includes additional details such as structure type, residency type, and year funding was received. This information complements and provides specific details to the data visualization which summarizes the amount of funds obligated and the number of mitigation projects for each of the programs. This information can be viewed by county, state, FEMA region or Congressional District.
FEMA’s mitigation grants reduce overall risk to a community’s residents and structures as well as reduce reliance on federal funding. The program’s goals are to provide a long-term solution to a natural hazard and ensure that the potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the mitigation project in a community. To date, more than $15 billion dollars in mitigation grants have helped local communities, states, tribes and territories across the country.
During March, FEMA is highlighting ways that promote the partnership, commitment to support communities, and build a more resilient nation. Visit https://www.fema.gov/30-years-of-HMA to see a detailed timeline about mitigation and the evolution of the program, examples of project highlights and blog posts with reflections from FEMA employees who have been a part of the expanding program over the years.