FEMA approves $9M in ‘hazard mitigation’ grants for Northern Marianas
The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced yesterday federal approval of millions of dollars in grants related to disaster-recovery and resiliency as well as additional funds for the local small business program.
The Office of the Governor, in a statement yesterday, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved last week four grants under its hazard mitigation program, a total of $9 million for projects that will reduce the islands’ long-term risk and protect lives and property.
In another statement, the governor’s office also said the CNMI would be receiving the second disbursement, about $3.9 million, for the State Small Business Credit Initiative after qualifying for this last February.
On the FEMA grants, funding is expected to increase upon the final determination of the total cost of Typhoon Soudelor’s operations, the governor’s office said.