FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program is now seeking applicants, apply now! Eligible applicants are States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local governments. Local governments are eligible Subapplicants and can sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners to submit to the Applicant.
The program is designed to assist States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. This program awards planning and project grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes.
September 20th marked the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria battering Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, costing nearly 3,000 lives. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velzquez made a statement that addressed the Administration’s response to Maria. In her statement she acknowledged the inadequate response was an ‘abject failure.’ “The simple fact is that our federal government did not pre-positions assets in place when they knew a Category 4 hurricane was barreling toward a vulnerable Island. After the Hurricane hit, the Administration’s response can be described as sluggish, at best.” She also addressed the insensitive tweet from Trump questioning the death toll. Not only the Administration, but Congress too, has lacked the response that would support the Island’s recovery. Instead, Congress has repeatedly supported the Administration. She urges that the 365 days of sunlight and strong trade winds would make Puerto Rico and excellent candidate for renewable energy sources, especially considering the Territory is mostly reliant on diesel fuel.
“This isn’t a river…this is Interstate 40” tweeted North Carolina’s Department of Transportation. Flooding is fading some places but conditions along some highways remain impassable and unsafe.
Image: News & Observer
Trump visited New Bern, NC yesterday. He didn’t toss out paper towels this time but he did help hand out meals. Trump says there will be ‘a lot of money [going] to the area’. See a map of the observed rainfall below.
Image: National Weather Service (Tweeted by @NWSEastern)
The Atlantic could still whip something up. Stay tuned...