Hazard Mitigation

Hazard Mitigation

What is Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard Mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.

Who are we?

The TDEM Hazard Mitigation Unit is focused on reducing future disaster losses in Texas through the implementation of a variety of risk-reduction strategies.  This group of dedicated professionals provide expertise and technical assistance in mitigation planning and FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs.  The TDEM Hazard Mitigation Unit includes a headquarters element which includes planners and mitigation grant coordinators responsible for the statewide implementation of the program. The Mitigation Unit also depends on regional mitigation grant coordinators which report to the regional TDEM Assistant Chiefs.  These field staff work directly with local jurisdictions and sub-applicants to develop hazard mitigation projects and to assist sub-applicants in developing and managing mitigation grant applications.

Describe TDEM Hazard Mitigation

The TDEM Hazard Mitigation Unit is guided by the State of Texas Hazard Mitigation plan.  This plan provides the strategic vision for efforts to reduce the long-term risk to Texas communities and citizens from all hazards.  This plan is informed by local hazard mitigation plans while providing strategic guidance on hazard mitigation activities to state agencies and units of local government.

The TDEM Hazard Mitigation Unit operates under the philosophy that the most acute impacts of all hazards are local in nature.  In order to accomplish the strategic goal of  reducing future disaster losses in Texas through the implementation of a variety of risk-reduction strategies, the unit accomplishes its work under the following principles:

  1. Success requires a strong and active partnership between sub-applicants, TDEM, FEMA, and other state and federal partners.
  2. Risks that Texas seeks to mitigate through this program exist in local communities.
  3. The state’s success at implementing the State Hazard Mitigation Plan and reducing the long-term risk for natural hazards in Texas depends on success of local units of
    government in implementing risk reduction projects.
  4. Helping local units of government and grant sub-applicants achieve success with their mitigation projects is the primary focus of the TDEM Mitigation Unit.

Hazard Mitigation (HM) Program

The Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs (HMA) provide grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMA is to provide a critical opportunity to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural hazards and disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMA is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Currently, the following HMA programs are available:
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMPG)
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC)
Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)

Who is Eligible?

Eligible applicants include: state agencies, local governments/communities, Native American tribes or other tribal organizations, private non-profit organizations.

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however an eligible Applicant or Subapplicant may apply on their behalf.

HM Grant Resource Tools:
GMS Access: https://grants.tdem.texas.gov/
Grants Portal:  https://grantee.fema.gov/

Non Debarred Vendor Assistance:
http://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM and https://comptroller.texas.gov/purchasing/programs/vendor-performance-tracking/debarred-vendors.php

Dave Jackson, CEM
State Hazard mitigation Officer
(512) 424-7820
David.Jackson@tdem.texas.gov