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Hagerty Mention: E&E News

Hagerty executives, Mark O’Mara and Brock Long, were both quoted in an investigative story on unspent FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding across the country.

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“The program requires a significant amount of information — data, benefits, cost,” said Mark O’Mara, director of recovery at Hagerty Consulting, which advises states and localities on spending federal disaster funds. “This is all very burdensome on the applicant.”

“You’ve got to have a rocket science degree to basically understand after a disaster what you’re entitled to and then how to put it down through your community to be more resilient,” former FEMA Administrator, Brock Long, told a conference last year.

Noting the billions of unspent dollars in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Long cited two reasons: “Local officials don’t know that they’re entitled to the HMGP funding after they get hit with a disaster. Two, it’s too dang complex to go after the funding.”

You can read the full story here.