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MPPDC, Gloucester to receive hazard mitigation funds

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission was awarded $142,863, while Gloucester County is set to receive $17,109—part of over $1.4 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds awarded to Virginia localities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The hazard mitigation grants were awarded help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following the major disaster declaration from the president. These grants were awarded in response to two 2018 storms that impacted the area—Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael.

The MPPDC grant will be used to fund an update to its regional hazard mitigation plan, while the Gloucester County money is earmarked for a water plant generator transfer switch.

VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA. The state may provide matching funds for these grants.

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