28 Dec 2016

US to cover Soudelor hazard mitigation in CNMI

6:47 am on 28 December 2016

The US President Barrack Obama has decided the federal government will cover 100 percent of the hazard mitigation grant program available to the Northern Marianas as a result of Typhoon Soudelor in 2015.

To date the Federal Emergency Management Administration has provided $US49.7 million in grants to individuals and the Commonwealth to recover from Soudelor.

Hazard mitigation grant funds are usually available on a 75 percent Federal and 25 percent local government cost-share basis.

President Obama's decision means the Commonwealth will not have to use any local funds.