The Office of Recovery and Resiliency is working with Sonoma County departments and agencies to pursue all available recovery-related funding opportunities, but specifically focusing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The purpose of HMGP is to help communities implement hazard mitigation activities following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration in the areas of the state, tribe, or territory requested by the Governor or Tribal Executive. The key purpose of this grant program is to enact mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters. In California, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these funds for the implementation of hazard mitigation project activities. This funding is open and competitive statewide. The HMGP funds projects on either public or private property, and can be used to mitigate any natural vulnerability or threat (i.e., seismic, flood, drought, wildfire, tsunami) not only the hazard in response to the specific disaster.
Since July 2018, County Departments and Districts submitted 28 grant applications to HMGP in response to federally declared disasters DR-4344 (October 2017 Wildfires), DR-4353 (Southern California Wildfires) and DR-4407 (California Wildfires). The 28 applications combined into 25 proposals to create efficiency and reduce overhead by bundling like projects together where possible. These applications have co-equal goals of implementing activities in the Recovery and Resiliency Framework and meeting County leadership priorities.
Of the 25 applications submitted, Cal OES recommended 18 proposals for federal funding (DR-4344 and DR-4353), six of the proposals are still in the CalOES review process (DR-4407), and one proposal has been waitlisted, which is akin to being put on hold until additional funds become available. If awarded, funding will provide money to implement $32.6 million in projects designed to reduce the risk of life and property loss from natural disasters.
Grant Status Table (PDF: 77 kB)
Cameras and Sirens Fact Sheet (PDF: 165 kB)
Wildfire Retrofit Fact Sheet (PDF: 157 kB)
Hood Mountain Fact Sheet (PDF: 142 kB)
Data Center Generator Fact Sheet (PDF: 129 kB)
Hazard Mitigation Planning Fact Sheet (PDF: 167 kB)