Cities that suffered damage during February and March storms can now apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM). Severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, and landslides created damage in dozens of communities from Feb. 15 – 20 and March 3 – 4. To be considered for funding, cities must submit a Mitigation Action Form (MAF) and Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) by Monday, July 10, 2023.
CHAMPS is a free resource to help cities enhance disaster management efforts. You can learn more about the system here.
President Joe Biden declared dozens of areas federal disasters, making the federal funds available for mitigation. HMGP covers 75% of eligible costs. Projects must demonstrate a permanent reduction in future disaster damage, pass a benefit cost analysis (if required), and cannot have a negative impact on environmental and historical surroundings. Funding is also available for initiative projects and mitigation planning.