Our region is susceptible to a range of disasters, floods, hurricanes, chemical accidents or acts of terrorism. The need for adequate preparation is not a matter of if but when. While we cannot eliminate the threats of disasters, good planning can help minimize their impacts. H-GAC is committed to working with local governments to ensure that our region is as prepared as can be.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 makes the development of a hazard mitigation plan a specific eligibility requirement for any local government applying for federal mitigation grant funding, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the newly-created Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. Communities with an adopted and federally-approved hazard mitigation plan become more apt to receive available mitigation funds before and after the next disaster strikes. The local governments must adopt a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan by November 2004 in order to be eligible for federal mitigation grant funding.
H-GAC has received funding from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to prepare a regional hazard mitigation plan that will fulfill the requirements for all participating communities.
Texas will receive grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help state and local first responders better prepare for disasters. H-GAC will use these funds to assist local governments in:
H-GAC has received funding in the amount of $300,000 from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to develop a Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the Texas Medical Center. The plan will incorporate the individual plans from TMC hospitals and future long-term strategies for the entire complex and surrounding area.
Visit the Solid Waste Disaster Debris page for more information about how to perform an efficient and timely cleanup of debris generated by natural disasters and/or major storm events.