FEMA Announces Mitigation Finalists
The applications, after full approval, will be eligible to receive 75% federal funding from the PDM Program. The PDM Program funds mitigation plans, such as elevating homes in flood-prone areas or making foundations earthquake resistant, that work to lessen the effects of disasters.
In the press release, Paulison said that the PDM program "encourages local leaders across the nation to look ahead and plan against what could be catastrophic events. These mitigation activities in Missouri show that the state and local communities are working together with FEMA and other partners to make mitigation happen. Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency preparedness and management. Funding these plans and projects reduces risks to lives and property. By making our communities safer in the first place, we make great strides toward reducing the need for federal post-disaster recovery funds."
Missouri mitigation activities include:
Project Federal Share
Licking R-VIII Community Tornado Shelter $1,038,083
City of Holts Summit Community Shelter Project $242,843
Tornado Community Shelter for Ozarks Technical
Community College-Richwood Valley $1,113,340
Gainesville R-V Community Tornado Shelter $697,594
Poplar Bluff School District Tornado Shelter Project $1,200,000
Sedalia School District #200 Community Storm Shelter $2,973,600
Alton School Tornado Shelter $1,220,047
Mexico Schools Hawthorne Tornado Safe Room $1,500,000
Willow Springs R-IV Elementary School Storm Shelter $792,000
Webster County, Plank School Road, Low Water Crossing 2007 $150,750
City of Ellsinore Tornado Safe Room $1,016,064
Each applicant will be notified that their proposal has been selected and finalists will immediately begin work to fulfill the final criteria.
The Director of FEMA's Mitigation Division, David Maurstad, said that they chose the best projects based on criteria such as available funds and technical feasibility. FEMA received 470 applications for the 2007 competition. A team of experts from federal, state, territorial, local and tribal governments assessed the applications.