(ATLANTA) – Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS), on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp, recently awarded a $112,605 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) project to Camden County for the purchase and demolition of one flood-prone property.

“Working with local governments to lessen the risk of property damage from natural disasters is a critical part of our mission,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “Acquiring and demolishing flood-prone structures allows residents to relocate and prevents them from enduring the ravages of flooding at these sites again.”

The amount awarded includes a federal share of $84,453.75. The remainder will come from a state share of $11,260.00 and a local share of $16,891.25.

This award is part of the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which provides funds to state agencies and local governments.

HMPG projects reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from the effects of natural hazards by breaking the repetitive cycle of destruction and reconstruction. These funds were made possible as a result of Camden County’s participation and adoption of the Camden County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.