Hazard Mitigation Plan

Project Process

In October 2002, GBRA was awarded a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant in the amount of $200,000 to develop a comprehensive All-Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for its statutory district. The grant is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM).

This $200,000 grant was used to assist cities and counties in Caldwell, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Refugio and Victoria Counties that chose to participate in a voluntary, basin-wide planning initiative. Of the total grant amount, $150,000 is the Federal share and $50,000 is the non-Federal match, which the River Authority met through in-kind contributions. No financial contribution was required for cities and counties to join the effort.

The purpose of the planning initiative was to reduce future damage from the full range of natural and man-made disasters, streamline the disaster recovery process, and capitalize on Federal funding that might become available. It will also help localities maintain their eligibility for certain future Federal funding. After November 1, 2004, FEMA will condition Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds on local governments having FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plans in place. A FEMA-approved Mitigation Plan is also required for eligibility for participation in the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program and in projects under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.

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