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   HMGP Resource Site for Participants of the City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
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The City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is administered by the City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Funding for the program has been provided by the State of Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) largely through a grant provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mitigation Program Management Services are provided by Smart, Inc.


 
 
About the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Authorized under Section 404 of the Stafford Act, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides grants to States, and States to eligible applicants, to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding is only available to applicants that reside within a Presidentially declared disaster area. Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally Recognized Tribal Nations
  • Certain non-profit organizations (Private non-profits that perform a government function)

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf.

As a result of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000: Local Mitigation Plans must be FEMA approved prior to approval of project funds.

The City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has been funded through grant applications submitted to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and is a part of the overall HMGP funding provided to the State of Louisiana for the Presidentially declared disasters of Hurricane Katrina (disaster declaration 1603) and Rita (1607).

HMGP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.

The City of New Orleans Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will fund two types of mitigation activities:

  • The elevation of a flood prone structure
  • The demolition of an existing structure and reconstruction of an improved, elevated structure on the same site

Under this program, regardless of the type of mitigation activity, the lowest floor or lowest mechanical equipment of the new or existing structure must be elevated, at a minimum, to the advisory base flood elevation, to the base flood elevation, or to the elevation established in local floodplain ordinance, whichever is higher.

 
 
 

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Learn about FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program-
FEMA HMGP Page

State of Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Mitigation Index
GOHSEP Mitigation Index

City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
City of Orleans OHSEP