The Hazard Mitigation Division is comprised of the Hazard Mitigation Section, Quality Assurance Section, and Grants Management System (GMS) Unit.  A brief summary of each program is provided below or click on the specific program links for additional information.

The Hazard Mitigation Section is responsible for FEMAs Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, managing the Texas State Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing local jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans, and a variety of other programs related to earthquakes, dam safety, and flood planning.

The Quality Assurance Section is responsible for grant compliance oversight with a variety of policies, regulations, and standards.  This includes the updating of state administrative and state disaster administrative plans, facilitating single-audits, conducting local jurisdictional single audit reviews, managing grant awards, and reviewing all FEMA related grant activities.

The Grants Management System Unit (GMS) is responsible for the administration of the internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) which is used to track grants administered by FEMA. Grants include FEMA’s Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and the Emergency Management Performance Grant.  

Division Leadership

Josh Davies
Division Chief

Josh Davies, Division Chief, is responsible for the oversight of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Division which includes the Hazard Mitigation Section, Quality Assurance Section, and Grants Management System Unit.  He has been with the Texas Division of Emergency Management since August of 2018.  In 2020 Chief Davies managed the CARES Act, Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) programfor cities/counties and local education agencies and in 2021 managed the ARPA, Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Fund (CLFRF) for cities with populations of 50,000 or less.

Division Chief Davies has served in emergency management for over 33 years including emergency medical services, public health, comprehensive emergency management, fire service, and county government administration. Josh is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a licensed paramedic for over 30 years, and a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. 

He currently holds responsibility for grant management portfolios in billions of dollars in federal funds. During his career he has served on various incident management and overhead support teams, participated in state and regional level work groups/task forces; served as a field provider, educator, regulator, and administrator of large emergency management and emergency medical services systems. 

Key disaster experience includes planning and coordinating the provision of medical-health response for Super Bowl 50, response to multiple large earthquakes, serving as director of a county-level public health emergency operations center in response to SARS and pandemic influenza outbreaks, a large passenger aircraft crash, numerous wildfires/wildland interface fires, incidents of civil unrest, and catastrophic flooding in addition to having provided the oversight of a large emergency medical services system


Zach Ayer
Administrative Associate