Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program Overview
The State of Alaska participates in the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program which provides grant funds to State agencies and local communities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.
It is federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 75% of the plan or project and requires a 25% local fund match.
The program is annual, nationally competitive and is intended to reduce overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations.
A Hazard Mitigation Planning grant is only available for communities who do not have a FEMA/State approved and community adopted All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
A Hazard Mitigation Project grant is only available for communities who have a FEMA/State approved and community adopted Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Hazard Mitigation Projects are intended to reduce risk to life and property and examples include:
- Elevation of flood prone structures
- Structural and non-structural seismic retrofits of public facilities
- Voluntary acquisition or relocation of structures out of the floodplain
- Natural hazard protective measures for utilities, water and sanitary sewer systems
- Localized storm water management and flood control projects
If you have questions about mitigation, e-mail Alaska's Hazard Mitigation Officer, Brent Nichols.