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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Program

FY2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Application Period Opens August 14, 2017! - Click here for more information

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, is funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). FDEM has the authority and responsibility for developing and maintaining a State Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Program sub-applications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective sub-applications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA approved and awarded project grants to eligible sub-applicants.

2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Application Resources

Eligible Applicants are:

1. States
2. District of Columbia
3. U.S. Territories
4. Federally-recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and Native American tribal organizations are considered Subapplicants and must submit subapplications for mitigation planning and projects to their State/Territory Applicant agency.

Eligible Project Activities

Eligible mitigation projects include:

  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation
  • Structure Elevation
  • Mitigation Reconstruction
  • Dry Floodproofing
  • Generators
  • Localized/Non-localized flood control projects
  • Structural retrofitting and non-structural retrofitting
  • Construction of safe rooms
  • Wind Retrofitting for Family Residences
  • Infrastructure Retrofit
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning

PDM Funding

Planning activities that develop State, Indian tribal, local, and university hazard mitigation plans while meeting specific planning criteria are eligible for the PDM Program. All Applicants and Subapplicants submitting subapplications for mitigation projects must have a FEMA approved Mitigation Plan by the application deadline in accordance with Title 44 CFR Part 201. There is no mitigation plan requirement to submit a subapplication for mitigation planning.

  • Funding is provided through the National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund and is subject to Congressional appropriations.
  • PDM projects must be cost-effective, feasible, effective, and consistent with the goals of applicable FEMA-approved State and local multi-hazard mitigation plans.
  • Eligible applications are awarded on a nationally competitive basis.
  • Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity cost.
  • Small, impoverished communities may be eligible for up to a 90 percent federal cost share.
  • Mitigation projects cannot exceed $4 million maximum.
  • Mitigation planning cannot exceed $400,000 for new mitigation plans; $300,000 for state/territory and multi-jurisdictional local/tribal mitigation plan updates and $150,000 for single jurisdictional local/tribal mitigation plan updates.

Benefit Cost Analysis

The traditional FEMA-approved software-based BCA Flood Modules to determine the cost effectiveness of a project must be used. Sub-applicants must use a FEMA approved methodology to perform a BCA. Only project sub-applications that demonstrate cost-effectiveness through a benefit cost ratio of 1.0 or greater will be considered. The BCA must be attached to the sub-applicant's application. The FEMA approved BCA Toolkit, which includes the Flood Modules, may be downloaded at no cost at The BCA Helpline may be contacted by telephone (866.222.3580) or via e-mail (


  • FEMA has developed resources to assist sub-applicants with project and planning sub-applications. The resources can be found on the HMA Application Development and Process web page at
  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management will award and provide pass-through funds for fullyeligible and technically feasible projects that are the most cost-effective in reducing or eliminating
    future claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Publications and tools for each of the non-disaster programs can be found in the links below:


Florida Division of Emergency Management
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Program
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

Pamela Price
(850) 414-0006


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