Governor: President Trump approves NMI request for 100% federal cost share in hazard mitigation projects

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(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Saturday was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that President Donald J. Trump approved the CNMI’s request for a cost share adjustment from 90-10 to “100 pecent federally funded” for projects and other expenditures for Super Typhoon Yutu under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs 406 and 404.

Rafael Deleon Guerrero Torres

“This means that our infrastructure projects for resiliency will be fully paid for by the federal government, saving the CNMI approximately $15 million in local matching funds as we continue our recovery,” Governor Torres said.

“From the very beginning of the recovery period, we worked very hard to restore power, water, and essential services for our community, including temporary tents and shelters for our families whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

“Now, with this announcement, we can continue our work on our many infrastructure projects to rebuild our schools and harden our utilities and public facilities. We will improve our resiliency as a community.

“Our administration’s partnership with FEMA and the White House is an important one, and it shows what can be accomplished when we work together for our people.

“On behalf of our people of the CNMI, I personally want to thank our great President Donald J. Trump and FEMA Region IX Administrator Robert J. Fenton Jr. for advocating for our needs. I also want to thank our authorized representative Virginia Villagomez and her team for seeing this through with our federal partners.

“This is indeed great news for the Commonwealth, and together, we will continue our work in building a stronger Marianas,” Governor Torres added.

The governor’s request for a cost share adjustment is approved under the following conditions: CNMI must maintain the 2018 International Building Code through the closeout of the disaster and must continue to prioritize mitigation projects to improve resiliency for critical infrastructure.

The governor’s authorized representative to FEMA, Virginia Villagomez, said the CNMI will continue its work to meet those conditions.

“The CNMI will remain firm in its commitment to prioritize mitigation projects that will protect life and property in our community thus strengthen and improve our mitigation efforts throughout the Commonwealth,” Villagomez said.

“We are grateful for all the efforts that FEMA has driven to secure this approval and as partners, we look forward to successfully completing projects benefiting our community.”

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