The HMGP is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State of Texas through the Texas Division of Emergency Management. This program is a mitigation grant with a single mission to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants to:
Prevent or reduce future losses to lives and property through the identification and funding of cost-effective mitigation measures.
Minimize the costs of future disaster response and recovery.
Eligible subapplicants include:
Local and regional Government organizations to include special districts
Private nonprofit organizations (PNPs)
Jurisdictions must have a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan at the time of application. Jurisdictions may request an extraordinary circumstances waiver to this requirement which should be made at the time the jurisdiction submits their notice of intent. Information about the required information for an extraordinary circumstances request can be found in the
FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance and Addendum.
Projects reviewed by the State Hazard Mitigation Team.
Projects endorsed by State Hazard Mitigation Team are presented to Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) for selection.
GAR Selected Projects submitted to FEMA for Funding.
TDEM notifies subapplicants of application disposition.
State Priorities for HMGP Projects
TDEM establishes priorities for utilizing HMGP funding to address the needs identified resulting from the disaster event and to advance the goals and strategies specified in the State of Texas Hazard Mitigation Plan. The underlying principle for prioritizing HMGP projects is to provide the greatest benefit through long-term risk reduction to the greatest number of people.
The state prioritizes HMGP applications for funding received from sub-applicants according to the following criteria:
HMGP eligible jurisdictions within the declared counties for the disaster declaration;
Projects that address the principal hazards associated with the disaster declaration;
Large-scale projects that address flood risk on a regional or watershed basis
Projects that demonstrate greatest community benefit;
Highest Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
Verifiable population directly served or benefitting by the project
Projects in jurisdictions that received the most damage for the disaster event based on FEMA PA and IA award amounts.
Eligible jurisdictions outside the counties included in the disaster declaration.
The state priorities for project types using HMGP funds are:
Localized drainage and flood risk reduction projects to include retention ponds, storm sewer improvement
Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties
Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties determined to be substantially damaged per a community’s floodplain zoning ordinance;
Acquisition and demolition of repetitive loss and severe repetitive loss structures;
Acquisition and demolition of damaged floodplain properties;
Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties in a subrecipient’s strategically targeted areas for acquisition;
Acquisition and demolition of flood damaged properties in the floodplain;
Elevation or floodproofing of flood damaged structures
Floodproofing or retrofitting of flood damaged critical facilities
Elevation of flood damaged residential structures in the floodplain;
Elevation of flood damaged structures not in the floodplain;
Infrastructure retrofit projects
Hurricane-rated community safe room projects
Wind retrofit projects
Other hazard reduction projects (such as community or residential safe rooms, generators, wildfire mitigation, protection of utilities, drainage, etc.).
The state priorities for mitigation planning projects:
Multi-jurisdictional plans that include all communities, special districts, and school districts located within their jurisdictional boundaries.
Watershed level mitigation plans involving all jurisdictions sponsored by a river authority and including all jurisdictions within the river authority’s jurisdiction.
University mitigation plans developed on the university system level
Single city jurisdiction plans that have a population of 150,000 or above.
Additional criteria for consideration
Mitigation activities that fit within an overall plan for development in the community, disaster area, or state;
Mitigation activities that if not taken will have a severe detrimental impact on the community such as the loss of life, loss of essential services, damage to critical facilities, or economic hardship;
Mitigation activities that have the greatest potential for reducing future disaster losses;
Mitigation activities that are designed to accomplish multiple objectives, including damage reduction, environmental enhancement, historic preservation, tourism/recreation, economic recovery/development, and building community resilience to climate change; and
The community’s level of interest and demonstrated degree of commitment to mitigation programs and activities.
For Additional Information regarding the HMGP for DR-4332 please contact the TDEM Mitigation Section: