Public Safety Grant News

 

Fire Grants Reauthorization Introduced in the Senate

 

Fire Grant News - First Responder Grants and Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

 

Apr. 6, 2017 – Did you know that popular fire grants such as AFG and SAFER are only authorized through the end of the current fiscal year? And, to make matters worse, the current statute's "sunset" provision will end the programs on Jan. 2, 2018... unless Congress does something about it?

 

As reported by CFSI, on Apr. 5, Senator John McCain (AZ), Senator Jon Tester (MT), Senator Susan Collins (ME), and Senator Tom Carper (DE) introduced S. 829. This legislation reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.

 

The current Senate legislation will continue these programs and extend them until 2023.

 

How can departments like yours take action?

 

You can save AFG and SAFER! Contact your senators in favor of doing away with the “sunset” requirement and extending the program till 2023.

 

Use this handy tool from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to tell your senators to support AFG and SAFER.

 

The tool helps you select your state senators based on address. From there you can send your senators a pre-drafted letter about AFG and SAFER continuation:

 

Tell Your Senators to Support AFG/SAFER Reauthorization

 

Thank you to our friend Michael Penzotti at Grantmasters Inc. for sharing the link.

 

 

Application Period Dates Announced for the FY2016 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Apr. 10, 2017 – The FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) application period will open on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET. FY2016 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application assistance tools available: Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF) and the technical assistance tools that are now available. It is important to read the NOFO thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

 

FY 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance Tools:

 

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Research & Development (R&D) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): New for R&D applicants
  • FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Application Checklist: FP&S Applicants, this checklist will help you prepare to answer general administrative questions in your FP&S grant application.
  • Self-Evaluation Guide: FP&S Applicants, asses your readiness to apply. This tool will help you prepare information needed to answer the evaluation criteria within the application.
  • FY 2016 FP&S Cost Share Calculator
  • FP&S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the FP&S Grants Help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.>

 

 

New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 24, 2017 – Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).

 

Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects. The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples.

 

 

For more information, visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

 

HMA and FEMA Resources

 

 

 

FEMA Announces Selection of Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Group Members

 

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 16, 2017 – The FEMA, Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) team is excited to introduce the 2017 External Stakeholder Working Group (ESWG). Please join us in welcoming the 2017 ESWG members:

 

State and Territory Representatives

 

  • Miles Anderson, Florida
  • Tom Hughes, Pennsylvania
  • Sarah White, Massachusetts

 

Tribal Nation and Indian Tribal Representatives

 

  • Tracy De Pew, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
  • Kaylynn Gresham, Oneida Nation Emergency Management
  • Paula Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo

 

Local and Regional Representatives

 

  • Chris Blinzinger, Provo City, Utah
  • George De La O, County of Los Angeles, California
  • Mark Schneider, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque & Jackson Co, Iowa

 

Federal (FEMA) Representatives

 

  • Dorothy Cook, Region VI
  • Karen Helbrecht, FEMA Headquarters
  • Jeff Herd, Region VIII

 

The FEMA HMA team would like to thank everyone who expressed interest in being a member of the ESWG. FEMA received over 120 applications from many qualified State, Territory, Tribe, and Local level hazard mitigation stakeholders. It was very challenging to make selections for the 12 ESWG positions from such a talented pool of applicants. The ESWG reflects a diverse membership with representatives from communities across the country with a broad range of hazard risk profiles, demography (e.g. rural to urban), and jurisdiction makeup (e.g. multi- or single-jurisdiction units). The 2017 ESWG is ready to begin:

 

  • Opening the channels of communication between federal and state, territorial, Indian tribal, and local mitigation staff
  • Gathering insight into mitigation and/or HMA program issues from the state, territory, Indian tribe, or local perspective
  • Increasing transparency in HMA goals, program priorities, and policy development
  • Helping HMA provide a consistent, predictable experience for external stakeholders, and
  • Delving more deeply into issues identified during the HMA Café at the 2016 HMA Workshop

 

We hope you will continue to engage with both HMA and the ESWG frequently to provide your thoughts and input on how to make HMA more effective and successful. Please note that the ESWG membership positions are filled on a rotating basis to ensure continuity and smooth transitions.

 

Please stay engaged to keep up to date on ESWG opportunities and activities. FEMA communications such as the FEMA Bulletin and the GovDelivery listserv are great sources of information to keep current with the ESWG updates. We encourage anyone interested to apply for future opportunities for an ESWG member position.

 

Thanks again to all who applied and congratulations to those who were selected.

 

Please submit any questions or requests for information to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

 

 

FY2016 Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) Grants Opens Soon

 

Fire Grant News - FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Feb. 1, 2017 – The FY 2016 FP&S application period is right around the corner. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available.

 

Start planning your FY 2016 FPS Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools below. These tools were produced specifically to help potential applicants begin to plan their 2016 applications ahead of the application period. The tools can be viewed on the AFG website or downloaded to your computer.

 

FY 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance Tools

 

These and other tools are available to help you with your FP&S grant application:

 

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - COMING SOON
  • FY 2016 FP&S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - COMING SOON
  • Application Checklist: This checklist will help you prepare to answer general administrative questions in your FP&S grant application
  • Self-Evaluation Guide: FP&S Applicants – Assess your readiness to apply. This tool will help you prepare information needed to answer the evaluation criteria within the application.
  • FP&S Cost Share Calculator

 

Go to FY 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Application Assistance:

 

FP&S Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or email the FP&S Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.