Hazard Mitigation


HMGP Opportunity

VT DEMHS is now accepting Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications from towns and agencies in all Vermont counties.

Applications closed on November 6, 2015 for the latest round of funding.  Another small round will be available in spring, 2016.

HMGP grants cover 75% of a project’s costs. Projects such as flood-proofing public buildings, elevating private and public buildings, property acquisitions, culvert improvements, and many others have been completed in the past with HMGP funds, with local jurisdictions or private property owners covering 25% of the work through in-kind or cash.

If your city or town has a hazard mitigation idea now is the time to apply!  Call us if you need help or wish to explore a potential project.

For assistance contact Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates (lauren.oates@vermont.gov; 802-241-5363)



Welcome to the VT DEMHS Mitigation web page

Hazard mitigation funds are available to municipalities and other organizations to help reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by taking measures to reduce the impacts of future disasters.

The DEMHS Mitigation Team supports other state agencies, non-profits, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in applying for and implementing FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects.  We also support Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in conducting natural hazard mitigation planning, and developing FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plans.

“Hazard Mitigation” is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.



HMGP Application and Requirements

Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan - 2013 Update

Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources