What if Irma came here?

Tamara Mittman

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are sobering reminders of the importance of hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness. We must do as much as we can to prevent the loss of life and property before disaster strikes.

One way that the state HMP helps Pennsylvania prepare for natural and human-induced disasters is by providing access to federal funding. Many of the grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) require states to have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible for funding. These grant programs include:

1. Public Assistance (PA) Categories C through G (e.g., repairs to damaged infrastructure, publicly owned buildings)
2. Fire Mitigation Assistance Grants (FMAG)
3. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project and planning grants
4. Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) project grants
5. Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) project and planning grants

What other ways do you think the state HMP can help protect Pennsylvanians from major storms like Harvey or Irma?

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