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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) PDM application period starts on September 30th. Now is a good time to make sure you have your mitigation priorities in place and are moving forward with the development and submission of eligible and cost-effective projects.

The PDM program provides funding to states, territories, tribes and local governments to implement sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation programs with the goal to reduce risks to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

There is $250 million available in PDM funding nationwide for mitigation projects. The competition is fierce and only those projects that meet all of FEMA’s program requirements as well as the state and local mitigation planning priorities will make it through for ultimate funding.

The Witt O’Brien’s Mitigation team is standing by to help you with any aspects of mitigation application development, from developing an eligible scope of work to conducting a FEMA-compliant benefit-cost analysis (BCA).

Visit FEMA’s PDM website for general program information and learn about the application process. Also check out FEMA’s PDM Fact Sheet for even more info.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program

The FMA application period also starts on September 30th. There is $160M in funding available and as with PDM, the competition is fierce for projects to receive funding. The FMA program provides funding to states, territories, tribes and local governments for projects, planning and management costs for projects that reduce or eliminate long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Visit FEMA’s FMA website for general program information and learn about the application process. Also check out FEMA’s FMA Fact Sheet for even more info.

Expert Guidance

If you missed FEMA’s informational webinars on the PDM program, you’re in luck! Witt O’Brien’s will be hosting an informational webinar that summarizes the PDM program guidelines and application processes on Tuesday, October 29th. Registration information for the webinar will be shared on this webpage and directly via email the week of September 30th. Please be sure to register today!

If you would like a more personal information session, feel free to reach out to us at the link at the top of this page or below, to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

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We would be happy to discuss strategies and project options for your community to help get funding from FEMA in this short window of opportunity. If you are also struggling with the ongoing development of disaster-related Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project applications or implementation, feel free to reach out to us for advice at those links as well. Our mitigation practice leader, Colin Vissering, or our seasoned team of experts are ready to help make your community more resilient.

Colin Vissering, Managing Director, Mitigation & Preparedness

Colin offers more than 25 years of experience in FEMA Hazard Mitigation programs, along with expertise in all federal environmental and historic preservation compliance requirements. Colin has managed grants and environmental and cultural resource activities for national federal programs.

He has not only led national-level program policy development for FEMA and other agencies, but has also been deployed in senior advisory roles to the majority of catastrophic disasters since the early 1990’s. He brings a blend of expertise in urban planning and recovery and mitigation programs to support implementation of innovative resiliency programs and projects across all sectors.

Colin is a Certified Planner (AICP) and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) with a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland and Bachelors in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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