MEMA Works with Local and Federal Partners to Secure $2.4 Million in Funding for Mitigation Projects Around Maryland
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 25, 2015) – Federal funds made available as a result of Hurricane Sandy will help pay for eight disaster mitigation projects around the state, Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Clay Stamp announced today. MEMA worked with local officials to prepare grant applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which approved the projects in February.
“These projects will help to keep communities resilient by reducing flood risks and ensuring power to critical facilities,” Stamp said. “I would like to thank the property owners, local officials, our federal partners, and Governor Hogan for his leadership in helping to make these worthwhile projects a reality.”
Two of the projects will provide generators for critical infrastructure to remain operational during power outages. Five of the projects will elevate 15 residential properties two feet above base flood level, while the final project will purchase and demolish two residential structures in a flood zone.
FEMA will be providing $1.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds, covering 75 percent of the $2.4 million total cost of the projects.
Here is a list of the projects being funded:
- BALTIMORE COUNTY
- A $592,923 project to elevate five residential structures in Essex and Middle River
- A $86,387 project to purchase and install a permanent generator at the Middle River Volunteer Fire Department
- CALVERT COUNTY
- A $931,948 project to elevate seven residential structures in North Beach, Lusby, and Broomes Island
- CARROLL COUNTY
- A $119,500 project to purchase and install a generator at the Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company
- DORCHESTER COUNTY
- A $62,879 project to elevate a residential structure in Cambridge
- HARFORD COUNTY
- A $75,000 project to elevate a residential structure in Aberdeen
- QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY
- A $459,734 project to purchase and demolish two residential structures in Millington
- WORCESTER COUNTY
- A $74.500 project to elevate a residential structure in Ocean City
MEMA actively conducts risk reduction planning and participates in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, which are designed to provide funding and other resources to protect life and property from natural disasters and promote community recovery following incidents.
Additional information on MEMA’s mitigation grant and preparedness programs can be found at http://mema.maryland.gov