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Workshop Tuesday on limiting disaster damage

POSTED: October 23, 2017 9:45 a.m.
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Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security is one of the organizers of the workshops.

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and FEMA have set eight workshops to explain a hazard mitigation program that funds projects to reduce or eliminate damage from disasters.

A portion of the federal funding available for disaster response and recovery from Hurricane Irma is allocated for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. It provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation projects.

Officials will answer questions and provide recovery information at the workshop to anyone interested.

The first workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center, 2140 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Flemington. The others run through Nov. 9 across the state.

HMGP projects can include:

• Development or improvement of warning systems that include mitigation measures;

• Construction of public tornado safe rooms that meet FEMA guidelines;

• Retrofitting methods, such as elevation in place, structure relocation, structural reinforcement for high wind and seismic events, strapping of utilities, installation of storm shutters, tie downs, and other measures;

• Acquisition of property and/or relocation of homes, businesses and public facilities from hazard-prone areas;

• Generators that protect a critical facility and meet other HMGP criteria. Critical facilities may include emergency operation centers, police and fire stations, hospitals, and water and sewer facilities;

• Wildfire mitigation, such as creating defensible space, application of ignition-resistant construction and hazardous fuel reduction;

• Structural hazard control or protection measures, such as floodwalls, detention basins and other storm drainage upgrades; and

• Development of a local hazard mitigation plan that meets federal standards.

The state’s priority for the HMGP is to fund projects that reduce or eliminate damages to life and property resulting from high winds and flooding.

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