Officials discuss homeowner protection

Representatives of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the town Emergency Management Agency recently held a meeting to discuss opportunities for homeowners through the federal hazard mitigation grant program. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the program provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term, preventative measures following disaster declarations. In Newbury, the program will provide up to 75 percent grant reimbursement to homeowners who want to raise their existing structures on pilings. It will also reimburse the town up to 75 percent for purchasing a property that is imperiled. Police Chief Michael Reilly will be guiding residents through the application process.