DHSEM Announces Hazard Mitigation Grant Awards

1/23/2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
Management (WVDHSEM) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) has awarded over $835,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grants in Kanawha, Greenbrier, and
Tucker Counties.

These grants include generator purchases for the Town of Alderson, City of Parsons, and
Greenbrier County. The funding will also allow for the acquisition of property in South
Charleston and elevating houses out of the floodplain in Parsons and Pulp Bottom.

“The Hazard Mitigation Program Grants provide for valuable services and equipment that will
protect the safety of citizens and their property,” said WVDHSEM Director Jimmy Gianato.

The grant funds were requested after the June 2012 Derecho, Roane and Mason County Floods,
and Hurricane Sandy to provide for critical power needs in emergency facilities and mitigate
damage from flooding. Gianato also thanked Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his continuing
leadership in this important area of hazard mitigation.


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