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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program

The PDM is authorized by section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. This program provides funding for mitigation projects on an annual basis. Eligible applicants for the PDM are state and local governments. Activities eligible for funding under the PDM include, but are not limited to:

  • Management Costs: States may use up to 5 percent for program management.
  • Information Dissemination: Up to 10 percent of the funds awarded to states may be used to disseminate information regarding cost-effective mitigation technologies, such as marketing, outreach, training and education.
  • Planning: PDM funds may be used to develop state, local, and tribal multi-hazard mitigation plans. These plans must meet the criteria outlined in 44 CFR 201 pursuant to section 322 of the Stafford Act.
  • Technical Assistance: Applicants may solicit technical assistance to support the development of comprehensive mitigation projects. Costs incurred by the applicant for technical assistance are eligible. Technical assistance should lead to the development of a viable project. Applicants must submit a final product (review, design, study, document) to the State who forwards it to FEMA.
  • Mitigation Projects: A mitigation project is any action that results in elimination or long-term reduction of damages to public and private property from natural hazards and may include:
    • Property acquisition or relocation
    • Structural or non-structural retrofitting
    • Minor structural hazard control or protection projects that may include vegetation management, stormwater management, or shoreline stabilization
    • Localized flood control projects, such as ring levees and floodwalls

For more information on the PDM, please visit the following sites or contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at (803) 737-8500.






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