fema 300FRANKFORT, KY. (5/15/14) — The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of approval of Kentucky’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and the designation of an “enhanced” status for the state Hazard Mitigation Program.

The plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters.

Adopted plans identify hazards, and potential hazards, in communities and create a framework to help state and community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.

Mitigation projects position communities to avoid or lessen the impact of future disasters. Mitigation projects can take many forms, such as relocating families out of flood prone areas, improving drainage facilities, installing severe weather alert systems, and constructing community safe rooms for use during severe storms and tornadoes.

History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages the state and communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities.

Mitigation plans are required for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. All mitigation plans must be updated and approved by FEMA every five years.

The enhanced program designation ensures that Kentucky will continue to receive increased funding for Hazard Mitigation Grant projects following presidentially declared disasters. Enhanced states receive 20 percent of all federal disaster expenditures, compared to 15 percent without an enhanced status. Over the past five years, because of this enhanced status, Kentucky has received an additional $23 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant project funding from FEMA, which has been awarded to communities across the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Hazard Mitigation Program is managed and administrated by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

For additional information on the Kentucky Hazard Mitigation Program, visit the website www.kyem.ky.gov where you can also like KYEM on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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