The Colorado Office of Emergency Management was notified this morning, December 31, that the State of Colorado Natural Mitigation Plan update was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII. The letter stated, "FEMA completed a final review of the plan, officially adopted by the State of Colorado on December 31, 2013, and found the plan to be in compliance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201.4, Standard State Mitigation Plans." The plan is approved for a period of three years to December 30, 2016.
This plan approval confirms the continued eligibility of the State of Colorado to receive non-emergency Stafford Act funding including Public Assistance (Categories C-G), Fire Management Assistance (FMAG), and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. All requests for funding will be individually evaluated according to the specific eligibility and other requirements of the particular program. The State of Colorado Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan must be reviewed, revised as appropriate, and resubmitted to FEMA every three years to maintain eligibility to apply for funding through the programs reference above.