Greenfield receives FEMA grant to update local hazard mitigation plan

Franklin County

Greenfield received a FEMA grant to reduce risks from natural hazards.

A more than $9,000 grant is for the town’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding program.

This federal grant money will be used to update the town’s local hazard mitigation plan, which is set to expire in 2019.

The program addresses risks from all manner of disasters including floods, high winds, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes.

Greenfield Planning and Development Director Eric Twarog told 22News, updating the town’s plan will ensure eligibility for major grant programs and disaster relief assistance.

“This money we’re going to use to hire a consultant to update our existing plan but what the plan is it basically identifies all natural hazards that can occur in our area, and the big one obviously being floods,” said Twarog.  

Twarog told 22News, significant flooding during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy damaged several buildings in Greenfield.

And by having this plan in place, they were able to apply for disaster relief assistance to make repairs.

Once approved by FEMA, these grants last for five years.

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