CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $1,248,151 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the city of Lancaster in Fairfield County, Ohio, for the improvement of a storm water system in the neighborhood near Glassco Park.
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property,” said FEMA Region V acting regional administrator Janet Odeshoo. “This project will reduce flood damage to nearby homes and lessen the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.”
“The storm water improvement project and projects like this one are the cornerstone of disaster prevention efforts and illustrate the importance of local, state and federal government working together for the benefit of citizens,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay $1,248,151 of the $2,637,078 eligible project cost. The remaining funds, $1,388,927, will be provided by the state of Ohio and the city of Lancaster’s Storm Water Fund.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.