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Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Act of 2010

January 7, 2011

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has this bit of good news last week on the federal PDM program:

Disaster Preparedness Measure Signed By President

On December 28, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Act of 2010.  The measure cleared the House and Senate on December 21.

The bill (H.R. 1746) reauthorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) pre-disaster mitigation program for three years in an effort to mitigate the impact of future natural disasters.  The program was first authorized in 2000 (P.L.106-390).

In total, it provides $580 million from FY2011 through FY2013 for grants to states and localities for pre-disaster mitigation programs, such as constructing levies, relocating homes from flood-prone areas, and retrofitting buildings in earthquake zones.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

An amendment by Senator Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was included in the measure, which increases the amount a state will be able to receive each year to $575,000, from $500,000. However, it maintains a stipulation that each state will receive the lesser of that amount or 1 percent of total funding.

Bill Status & Summary here.


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