Kentucky names state hazard mitigation officer

Geni Jo Brawner was named Kentucky's state hazard mitigation officer on May 5 by Governor Steve Beshear.

Browner, in the new capacity, will be tasked with managing the state's mitigation programs, coordinating the efforts of the Kentucky Mitigation Advisory Council and serving as the liaison of Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV mitigation staff.

"Geni Jo has been serving as an 'acting' the state hazard mitigation officer for several months and the governor's designation is a testament to the great work she and the mitigation staff have accomplished," KYEM Assistant Director of Administration Stephanie Robey said.

Hazard mitigation grants are awarded by FEMA to local governments, state agencies and certain nonprofit organizations for projects meant to eliminate or lessen the impact of future disaster events.

Kentucky has been awarded $84,586,934 over the last five years for 312 mitigation grants and currently has 26 additional grant applications pending for approval.