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Hurricane Harvey DR-4332 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allows the acceptance of HMGP applications for a period of 12 months from the date of the disaster declaration (Hurricane Harvey's major disaster declaration was granted on August 25, 2017). The one-year time period ended on August 25, 2018. The state requested and was granted a three-month extension to November 25, 2018. If needed, the state may ask for one additional three-month extension. However, please remember that HMGP applications are accepted and reviewed as they are received. Grant awards are being made on a rolling basis and funds allocated accordingly. This means that grant funds will no longer be available when all funds have been awarded, regardless of the date (simply, if all HMGP funds are awarded prior to November 25, no more funds will be available). Any jurisdiction wanting to submit an application should submit applications as soon as possible.

Note: Received NOIs and applications are self-reported by the jurisdictions and are not confirmation of review, support or award. This list only confirms that the listed NOIs and applications were received by TDEM and are in the review process.

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:

Eligibility Information

Eligible subapplicants include:

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.

Eligible Activities

Details on eligible mitigation projects for this program can be found in FEMA’s FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance and Addendum published on February 27, 2015.  Some eligible activities for flood and hurricane mitigation include:

Application Process

  1. Submit TDEM HMGP Notice of Intent Form (NOI) to TDEM-Mitigation@dps.texas.gov
  2. TDEM Responds to NOI submission and provides HMGP Application Form to projects that pass initial eligibility screening.
  3. Submit HMGP application to TDEM-Mitigation@dps.texas.gov
  4. TDEM Reviews application and requests  any additional or missing information

Project Selection

  1. Priority given to projects submitted by jurisdictions in counties included in Major Disaster Declaration for Texas Hurricane Harvey DR-4332.
  2. Projects reviewed by the State Hazard Mitigation Team.
  3. Projects endorsed by State Hazard Mitigation Team are presented to Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) for selection.
  4. GAR Selected Projects submitted to FEMA for Funding.
  5. 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:

  1. HMGP eligible jurisdictions within the declared counties for the disaster declaration;
  2. Projects that address the principal hazards associated with the disaster declaration;
  3. Large-scale projects that address flood risk on a regional or watershed basis
  4. Projects that demonstrate greatest community benefit;
    1. Highest Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
    2. Verifiable population directly served or benefitting by the project
  5. Projects in jurisdictions that received the most damage for the disaster event based on FEMA PA and IA award amounts.
  6. Eligible jurisdictions outside the counties included in the disaster declaration.

The state priorities for project types using HMGP funds are:

  1. Non-localized flood risk reduction projects (large-scale, regional, hydraulically linked)
  2. Localized drainage and flood risk reduction projects to include retention ponds, storm sewer improvement
  3. Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties
    1. Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties determined to be substantially damaged per a community’s floodplain zoning ordinance;
    2. Acquisition and demolition of repetitive loss and severe repetitive loss structures;
    3. Acquisition and demolition of damaged floodplain properties;
    4. Acquisition and demolition of floodplain properties in a subrecipient’s strategically targeted areas for acquisition;
    5. Acquisition and demolition of flood damaged properties in the floodplain;
  4. Elevation or floodproofing of flood damaged structures
    1. Floodproofing or retrofitting of flood damaged critical facilities
    2. Elevation of flood damaged residential structures in the floodplain;
    3. Elevation of flood damaged structures not in the floodplain;
  5. Infrastructure retrofit projects
  6. Hurricane-rated community safe room projects
  7. Wind retrofit projects
  8. 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:

  1. Multi-jurisdictional plans that include all communities, special districts, and school districts located within their jurisdictional boundaries.
  2. Watershed level mitigation plans involving all jurisdictions sponsored by a river authority and including all jurisdictions within the river authority’s jurisdiction.
  3. University mitigation plans developed on the university system level
  4. Single city jurisdiction plans that have a population of 150,000 or above.

Additional criteria for consideration


Additional Information

For Additional Information regarding the HMGP for DR-4332 please contact the TDEM Mitigation Section:

HMGP Resources