July 17th, 2007 07:36 EST
St. James Parish Receives Mitigation Funds
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently approved funding to retrofit the St. James Parish Courthouse in Vacherie with wind resistant shutters and/or impact resistant windows.
The courthouse provides offices for the district attorney, state judges, clerk of court, sheriff, assessor, parish president, registrar of voters and several other state and local government offices. Currently, the building does not have covered windows and is therefore vulnerable to future damage from high wind events.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) allocated $172,569 to shield the St. James Parish Courthouse against wind-related hazards. The new shutters will protect the building and government offices as well as the documents and supplies it houses. This safeguard will ensure quick and proper response after a catastrophe.
"Once completed, the various agencies will be able to operate during and after a storm, thus providing much needed services to our residents," said St. James Parish President Dale J. Hymel, Jr.
HMGP funds are used to make improvements to public or private property. To be eligible, a project must provide a long-term solution to a specific risk.
The HMGP provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration, to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.