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Hazard Mitigation Grants fund projects to build more resilient communities

FEMA and the state of North Carolina have approved funding of more than $1.4 million for 24 generators, which will help North Carolina communities become more resilient in the face of future storms and disasters.

Through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), 24 generators will be purchased and installed where they are needed to support critical public infrastructure. In two locations, transfer switches will be installed, and one generator will be relocated.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program program provides grants for state and local governments to elevate, buy out or reconstruct homes and to strengthen public infrastructure to make communities better able to withstand future storms and disasters.

Hazard Mitigation is a cost-sharing program. FEMA provides at least 75% of costs, and the remaining 25% is covered by the state. FEMA’s share for these projects is more than $1.07 million and the state share is nearly $359,000. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to local governments.

Generators will be provided for these locations:

West Bladen High SchoolBladenboro500kW generatorEmergency shelter location
East Bladen High SchoolElizabethtownAutomatic transfer switchEmergency shelter location
Town Hall / Emergency Operations CenterCalabashTwo 22kW generatorsTo ensure continuity of operations for town EOC
Public Works BuildingCalabashRelocate 20kW generatorRelocate current generator from town hall
Town Wastewater PlantCreswell40kW generatorTo provide backup power
NC Emergency Management Eastern Branch OfficeKinston125kW generatorTo provide continuity of operations for Regional Coordination Center- East
Greene County Well #5Maury150kW generatorTo provide uninterrupted power for water supply
Greene County Well #7Snow Hill150 kW generatorTo provide uninterrupted power for water supply
Lenoir County EMS Station 7Deep Run45kW generatorTo provide ongoing emergency medical services
Town Wastewater PlantPlymouth150kW generatorTo provide backup power
Town Pump StationPlymouth45kW generatorTo provide backup power
Hoffman Pumping StationRockingham150kW generatorTo ensure ongoing delivery of water
County pump stationEllerbe200kW generatorTo ensure ongoing delivery of water
Water treatment plantRoseboro80kW generatorTo provide backup power supply
Water treatment plantSalemburg80kW generator and automatic transfer switchTo provide uninterrupted power
Town Hall – Fire DepartmentSandyfield48kW generatorTo provide backup power
Town Hall – Law EnforcementSnow Hill80kW generatorTo ensure continuity of operations
Mt. Airy Rescue SquadMt. Airy36kW and 22kW generatorsTo provide uninterrupted power for emergency medical operations
Tyrrell County EMS BaseColumbia50kW generatorTo provide backup power
Pines Elementary SchoolPlymouth175kW generatorEmergency shelter location
Old radio station transmitter sitePlymouth22kW generatorTo provide backup power to radio transmitter
New radio sitePlymouth22kW generatorProvide backup power to radio station providing emergency information to elderly population
Fire DepartmentWhiteville125kW generatorTo provide backup power
City HallWhiteville230kW generatorTo provide backup power to City Hall complex

After each disaster event, an amount equal to 20% of the combined total provided in FEMA Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is set aside for Hazard Mitigation projects. The projects can be anywhere in the state.

For Hurricane Matthew, $90 million in federal and state funds are being invested in Hazard Mitigation projects.  Last spring and summer, projects totaling $88.1 million were awarded to dozens of local governments to elevate, buyout or reconstruct 680 residential properties subject to repetitive flooding.