By Jim Kinney
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission urges towns and cities to apply now for federal disaster preparedness money before an emergency strikes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has $90 million available across the country for Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs. An additional $160 million is available nationally for Flood Mitigation Assistance, according to a news release from the PVPC.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications, which are due by Oct. 16.
"We often wait for a disaster to seek federal funding to rebuild damaged infrastructure or install a back-up generator after a serious power failure at a critical facility," said PVPC Senior Planner Emily Slotnick. "PDM and FMA grants are annual and accessible in non-disaster times, which is when we really should be thinking about getting mitigation projects done."