Photo of nighttime fire activity from the La Tuna Fre shared by LA City Fire
FEMA has created a new bulletin to provide state government officials and residents with information about grant funding available for pre and post disaster mitigation efforts. However the recent bulletin also provided information about post wildfire recovery funds and how to determine community eligibility.
A wildfire that has burned through an area can not only be the cause of damage to resident’s homes but can also contribute to a secondary form of risk from loss due to landslides. Land impacted by a wildfire can be a greater risk of a landslide after heavy rains due to a loss of vegetation. A few projects identified as eligible for this funding include:
- Soil stabilization
- Flood diversion
States, territories, and federally-recognized tribes with Fire Management Assistance declarations from October 01, 2016 until 11:59 pm local time September 30, 2018 are eligible to apply. FEMA provides a quick and easy way for you to calculate whether a post fire project identified is cost effective and thereby eligible to apply for funding. For example, the cost effectiveness can be determined by multiplying the number of acres you propose to mitigate by $5,250. If the total cost of your project proposal is equal to or below that amount, your application will be considered. For more information about this post fire recovery grant program check out the FEMA webpage.