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St. Tammany Parish Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

St. Tammany Parish Retains Eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants with Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Approval

The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) that St. Tammany Parish’s multi-jurisdictional, updated 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved. This approval secures St. Tammany’s eligibility for Hazard Mitigation grants administered by FEMA including: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) post-disaster-funding; pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), a nationally competitive program for mitigation projects and planning grants; and; Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), a nationally competitive program for Flood Mitigation projects.

“Work to update this plan was a collective and concentrated effort — especially in light of COVID-19,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Several municipalities as well as our citizens — through public input meetings — worked together to formulate, update, and prepare this plan. I want to thank everyone involved for making sure St. Tammany remains prepared with a working plan moving forward.”

“I am very appreciative of the efforts of all of the representatives from every jurisdiction, and I am grateful for all that they do to protect St. Tammany Parish” said Clarence Powe, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “Continued eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants administered by FEMA — both pre and post-disaster — is vitally important to the resilience of our community.”

The approved, participating jurisdictions include: unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Abita Springs, the City of Covington, the Village of Folsom, the Town of Madisonville, the City of Mandeville, the Town of Pearl River, the City of Slidell, and the Village of Sun. The current plan expires November 3, 2025 and will need to be updated and approved at that time.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all states and local governments to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be implemented on an ongoing basis, and must be updated every five years to ensure they remain applicable representations of local risk and locally-preferred risk reduction strategies. Updating a plan involves preparing the plan and meeting specific criteria throughout the updating process including public involvement and stakeholder meetings.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan outlines implementation strategies community can take to make them more disaster-resilient. It identifies various natural hazards that may impact a community and outlines mitigation strategies, projects, and actions for reducing risks to these identified hazards.

 View the St. Tammany Parish 2020 Hazard Mitigation plan here.

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