Hazard Mitigation and Local Mitigation Strategy

The City of Davenport is threatened by a number of different types of natural, technological, and societal or man – made hazards. These hazards endanger the health and safety of the population of the city, jeopardize its economic vitality and imperil the quality of its environment. Because of the importance of avoiding or minimizing the vulnerabilities to these hazards, the public and the private sector interests of Polk County and local jurisdictions have joined together to create the Local Mitigation Strategy working group and undertake a comprehensive planning process that has culminated in the publication of the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS).

Hazard Mitigation Assistance

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster, losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Currently, FEMA administers the following HMA grant programs:

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) HMGP is authorized by Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (the Stafford Act), Title 42, U.S. Code (U.S.C.) 5170c. The key purpose of HMGP is to ensure that the opportunity to take critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters is not lost during the reconstruction process following a disaster. HMGP is available, when authorized under a Presidential major disaster declaration, in areas of the State requested by the Governor. Indian Tribal governments may also submit a request for a major disaster declaration within their impacted area.

Pre – Disaster Mitigation (PDM) The PDM Program is authorized by Section 203 of the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5133. The PDM Program is designed to assist States, Territories, Indian Tribal governments, and local communities to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) The FMA Program is authorized by Section 1366 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended (NFIA), 42 U.S.C. 4104c, with the goal of reducing or the elimination of claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The National Flood Insurance Fund (NFIF) provides the funding for the FMA program. The PDM and the FMA programs are subject to the availability of appropriation funding, as well as any program-specific directive or restriction made with respect to such funds.

All of these programs are managed through the State Division of Emergency Management’s Mitigation Program.

Prospective applicants and sub-applicants should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer for further information regarding specific program and application requirements.

The reimbursement funding programs noted above require local government to “sponsor” the applicant from the application stage through to the completion of the project.

To initiate any action for development of a grant application, the proposed project must first be on the County’s approved mitigation project list. This mitigation project list is prepared by the Local Mitigation Strategy Workgroup as a part of the implementation of the County’s Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS).

For more information on the LMS, please contact the Polk County Emergency Management Department.  You can also contact Mr. Paul Womble at (863)298-7000.

Another source of financial assistance available to a flood policy holder of a repetitive loss property is Increased Cost of Compliance funding. This rider on your flood insurance policy provides additional coverage to help underwrite a flood mitigation project required by code as a condition to rebuild the damaged building. It can also help pay the non-federal portion of a cost-shared retrofitting project funded under the mitigation programs described above.



Building Department

1 South Allapaha Avenue

Davenport, FL 33837

(863) 419-3300