Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds on a competitive basis to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, local jurisdictions, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. PDM grants are awarded on a competitive basis and without reference to state allocations, quotas, or other formula-based allocation of funds.

The jurisdiction in which the applicant resides must be an active participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if the project site falls within the 100 year floodplain. In addition local governments, Indian tribal governments applying as Sub-applicants, and universities must have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible to receive project grant funding under the PDM program. 44 CFR Part 201, Hazard Mitigation Planning, establishes requirements for state, tribal, and local hazard mitigation planning.

On April 21, 2014 FEMA released Funding Opportunity Announcement DHS-14-MT-047-000-99. As a result of this announcement, all jurisdictions that have a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan may be eligible to compete for funding in the Pre Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) Grant Program.

Below is the current Notice of Intent form, as well as a link to FEMA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis Toolkit:

• Notice of Intent
• Benefit-Cost Analysis Toolkit (version 5.0)

Below are the key dates associated with the current funding cycle:

  • NOI’s must be received by ADEM no later than May 16, 2014 to be considered.
  • Successful applicants will be sent an invitation to apply by May 23, 2014.
  • Grant applications must be received by ADEM by COB on June 27, 2014.

  • All jurisdictions wishing to apply must complete the NOI and mail to:

    Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
    Attn: Mitigation
    Building #9501
    Camp Joseph T Robinson
    North Little Rock, AR 72199

    For PDM Program Guidance visit: Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)

    To download the Guidance:Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance

    Application for this grant program uses the FEMA eGrants system. Applicants must first register to use the system following these instructions. After registration, applicants can learn to maneuver this system from the online class at the following link:

    For more information on PDM visit:

    For more information on Hazard Mitigation Planning visit: