$9,375 from the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program
GREENFIELD, MA - The Town of Greenfield received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant award of $9,375.00 for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding program. This is a reimbursable grant program and expenses have to be incurred and paid prior to being reimbursed. Greenfield will be reimbursed up to 75% of project costs. A committee has been formed for the update of Greenfield’s Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This committee will meet about once a month beginning in October until the plan update is completed. Greenfield’s current plan is set to expire in 2019. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments will be the consulting agency preparing the update of the plan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) define Hazard Mitigation as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards such as flooding, storms, high winds, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other disasters. Mitigation efforts undertaken by communities will help to minimize damages to buildings and infrastructure, such as water supplies, sewers, and utility transmission lines, as well as natural, cultural and historic resources.
Communities can save money and facilitate post-disaster funding by preparing a Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan before a disaster occurs. Costly repairs or replacement of buildings and infrastructure, as well as the high cost of providing emergency services and rescue/recovery operations, can be avoided or significantly lessened if a community implements the mitigation measures detailed in the Plan. Many disaster assistance agencies and programs require that a community adopt a pre-disaster mitigation plan as a condition for both mitigation funding and disaster relief funding, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA) and the Community Rating System (CRS).
Questions about the grant award can be directed to Eric Twarog at the Department of Planning & Development, 114 Main Street (413) 772-1549.