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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Appeals Database published

from IAEM

FEMA announced the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Appeals Database. The HMGP provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration and aims to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. It also enables mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. This online, searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance will inform the public on how program requirements are applied. Under HMGP, an eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision against program requirements. There are two levels of appeals. First, the Regional Administrator adjudicates appeals. If FEMA denies the appeal, the applicant may submit a second appeal to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation. If FEMA approves an appeal, the agency will take the appropriate action to implement the decision. The database houses the HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since 2011. For more information on the terms used in the database, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest for a brief summary of the basic program elements. This database contains historical records and some determinations may have been superseded by new guidance or policy. Questions can be addressed to the Grants Policy Branch at more

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