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FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigration Program: Overview and Issues
Francis X. McCarthy (au); Natalie Keegan (au)
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), as federal law and a program activity, began in 1997. Congress established a pilot program, which FEMA named “Project Impact,” to test the concept of investing prior to disasters to reduce the vulnerability of communities to future disasters. From its beginnings as “Project Impact” to its current state, the PDM program has grown in its level of appropriated resources and the scope of participation nationwide. Contents of this report: (I) Overview of Pre-Disaster Mitigation: Program Purposes; Context and Trends; (II) PDM Legislative and Appropriations History; (III) Mitigation Funding and Studies: Post-Katrina Funding — Competitive and Formula Grants; Grant Applications and Categories; (IV) Issues for Congressional Consideration: The Pace and Breadth of PDM Funding Distribution; Terrorism and Pre-Disaster Mitigation; Projects and Plans; Resources vs. Requests; Funding Criteria; Project Eligibility; Length of Authorization; Methods of Awarding PDM Funds; Allocations vs. Competition; A Different Approach to Mitigation; Direct Application for PDM Grants by Eligible Non-Profits; Upgraded Codes and Zoning; Multiple Mitigation Programs; (V) Concluding Observations. Tables.
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