The Virgin Islands
Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), this
month, will hold a Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)
Grant Program seminar for government departments and
agencies and non-profit organizations interested in
applying for federal dollars to offset the costs of
eligible mitigation activities.
The seminar is scheduled
for 10 a.m. to noon, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and
will be held via video-conference at VITEMAâ€™s
Emergency Operations Centers on St. Croix and St.
The HMA grant program is
administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) and is designed to reduce a community's
vulnerability to disasters and their effects and to
promote resilience. Currently, there are three HMA
- Hazard Mitigation
Grant Program (HMGP) assists in implementing
long-term hazard mitigation measures following a
Mitigation (PDM) provides funds for hazard
mitigation planning and projects on an annual basis.
- Flood Mitigation
Assistance (FMA) provides funds for projects to
reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to
buildings that are insured under the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis.
"Given the financial
austerity of the Virgin Islands government, all federal
grant funding opportunities are critical," VITEMA
Director Elton Lewis said. "I encourage every
entity that is eligible for this type of grant to take
full advantage of the HMA program offers. Sustained
mitigation projects protect life and property, reduce
the amount of emergency management resources required to
respond to and recover from a disaster and, in the long
term, may eliminate the identified risk altogether."
For more information or
to reserve a space, contact Haldor Farquhar, VITEMA
State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at 340-774-2244 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.