NAMIC: First BRIC Grants a Milestone for Disaster Mitigation


Federal disaster policy achieved another milestone as the application process for the first grants under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program is getting underway, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said today.

“The BRIC grant program is a vital step toward a stronger disaster policy based on the idea of not only helping victims of natural disasters, but also helping Americans protect themselves from becoming future victims of natural disasters,” said Jimi Grande, senior vice president of government affairs for NAMIC. “The mitigation projects funded by the BRIC program will make communities stronger and more resilient as the number of powerful storms, wildfires, and other extreme weather continues to grow.”

The result of a years-long NAMIC advocacy initiative, the BRIC program was established under the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 to provide significant and consistent funding to states, local communities, tribes, and territories for cost-effective, risk-reducing disaster mitigation activities to strengthen the nation’s resilience and reduce future disaster costs and losses. The funding notice is available on Grants.gov, Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-MT-047-00-99., Applications will be accepted Sept. 30 through Jan. 29, 2021.

“Our hopes are that every community will look for ways they can better protect their citizens and their infrastructure and more projects are funded as the BRIC program grows and develops through the years,” Grande said. “The best time to prevent the loss of life and property from a natural disaster is before disaster strikes, and the BRIC program will provide that opportunity to America’s communities.”

Article Posted: 08.05.20
Last Updated: 08.06.20

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