Smith County is one of 40 counties in the State of Texas that will receive special consideration for funds from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the Department of Public Safety announced this month. According to DPS, the President declared a major disaster for the State of Texas (FEMA-4159-DR) due to damages resulting from the October 31,2013 flooding in Central Texas. As a result of this declaration the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is now available Statewide.
The State of Texas is home to over 25% of the nation's flood-prone properties. Project applications for acquisition and demolition of these properties will be the State strategy priority for this grant.
The following project application selection strategy will apply to DR-4159:
Applications for flood damaged homes in the FEMA mapped floodplain should be submitted as soon as possible and receive expedited processing for review and submission to FEMA.
The State will allocate the majority of the estimated funding to Fast Track acquisition projects containing properties less than 50 years old, which have been declared substantially damaged or have an appraised value less than $270,000. A deadline of Friday, May 30, 2014 has been established for submittal of all remaining project categories.
For more information about this grant opportunity please contact your local DPS Office.