Mitigation Projects & Grants

North Carolina Emergency Management  administers several programs to support help reduce the impacts of natural hazards on homes, businesses and communities throughout the state. Programs include the federally-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program, Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) program, and Severe Repetitive Loss (SLR) pilot program. Details available on the FEMA website.

Who is eligible?

State and local governments, certain private nonprofit organizations or institutions that serve a public function, Indian tribes and authorized tribal organizations may apply for project funding on behalf of their citizens. Applicants must work through the state, who sets funding priorities and administers the program. NCEM works closely with local officials' to provide technical assistance including face-to-face project implementation meetings and site visits, as well as the dissemination of pertinent policy memos and Standard Operating Procedures.

Flood Mitigation Assistance

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program uses cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. Eligible activities include acquisition, structure demolition, or structure relocation with the property deed restricted for open space uses in perpetuity. Elevating structures, dry flood-proofing of non-residential structures, and minor structural flood control activities are also eligible. Properties must be insured at the time of application. More on FMA program.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and implementing mitigation projects prior to a disaster. Such projects reduce overall risks for people and property and reduce reliance on disaster recovery funds. Eligible activities include: acquiring property (i.e. structures and land, where necessary) for open space conversion; relocating public or private structures; elevating existing public or private structures to avoid flooding; retrofitting structures e.g., storm shutters, hurricane clips, bracing systems) to meet/exceed applicable building codes; constructing;safe rooms (tornado and severe wind shelters) that meet FEMA requirements; conducting hydrologic and hydraulic studies/analyses, engineering studies and drainage studies related to a mitigation project; and managing vegetation management to restore dunes, wildfire, or snow avalanche. More on PDM program.

Standard Operating Procedures for Hazard Mitigation

The following chapters explain the Standard Operating Procedures that will be followed by the Mitigation Branch when reviewing, implementing and closing out mitigation projects or plans.

All chapters of the standard operating procedures guide can be found here.