2018-07-11 / Front Page

Disaster Mitigation Grant awarded Jenkins County for warning sirens

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, on behalf of Governor Nathan Deal, recently awarded a $46,704 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project to Jenkins County for the purchase and installation of two outdoor weather warning sirens.

“We are working with our local communities to give them the latest communication tools, allowing them to focus on being ready to respond to a severe weather event,” said GEMA/ HS Director Homer Bryson.

The amount awarded includes a federal share of $35,028. The remainder will come from a state share of $4,670 and a local share of $7,006.

Jenkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Burke said the grant was a result of Hurricane Matthew which roared across Jenkins County in October 2016. As a result of the damage incurred, Jenkins County was declared a disaster county, making it eligible for reimbursement of expenses from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This award is part of the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides funds to state agencies and local governments. HMGP 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 Jenkins County’s participation in and adoption of the Jenkins County Multi- Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation

Plan.

As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMA/HS works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMA/ HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes. man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMA/ HS employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.

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