Public Safety Grant News 2015

 

FEMA Releases New Best Practices About Grants

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

June 23, 2015 - The Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio web page recently added 7 stories about Grants to the portfolio web page and to the FEMA Resource and Document Library. These stories describe how others have used grant funding to improve their quality of life.

 

The Grants Best Practices included in this document are:

 

  • Brenton, Wyoming County Pre-Disaster Mitigation
  • FEMA Grant Helps Town Rebuild Road, Improve Safety for Residents
  • FEMA HMGP Funding Provides Security in Port Neches
  • Grants and Forward Thinking Prevent Sewer Backup
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Pilot Provides Safe Haven for Louisiana Couple
  • Multiple FEMA Grant Programs Ease Flood Worries
  • Using Grants to Help Convert Overhead Electrical Lines to Underground

 

To learn more about Grants visit www.fema.gov/grants.

 

 

$2,297,435 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 7 AFG 2014

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

June 19, 2015 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the seventh award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

 

FEMA awarded $2,297,435 to $31 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

 

  • $4,286, Equipment, Operations and Safety, Freetown Fire Department, East Freetown, MA
  • $16,364, Equipment, Operations and Safety, City of Gardner, Gardner, MA
  • $19,672, Equipment, Regional Request, Naples Fire Department, Naples, ME
  • $87,439, EMS Equipment, Operations and Safety, McCreary Ambulance Service, Whitley City, KY
  • $97,630, Equipment, Regional Request, Monterey Regional Fire District, Salinas, CA
  • $190,127, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Operations and Safety, East Orange Fire Department, East Orange, NJ
  • $265,243, Equipment, State Fire Training Academy, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, TX
  • $276,191, Vehicle Acquisition, Gray's Creek Vol. Fire Dept. Twenty-four, Inc., Fayetteville, NC

 

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

AFG Technical Assistance Webinar Series

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

June 15, 2015 - FEMA is introducing a new webinar series to assist all Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) applicants and award recipients with the latest information to help prepare AFG applications and manage awards. Throughout the year, the new AFG Technical Assistance Webinar Series will be your opportunity to receive a briefing on up-to-date program information directly from AFG experts. Each webinar will provide ample time for the experts to answer questions from participants.

 

The first webinar in this series will provide an update on changes in administrative requirements for AFG awards based on the recently adopted Super Circular (2 CFR 200). This webinar features Mr. Ryan Corle from the FEMA Office of Chief Counsel. To allow ample time for the presentation, discussion, and questions and answers, two hours has been allotted for each webinar session.

 

The AFG Technical Assistance Webinar Series will be presented on June 23, 2015 at 11 am and repeated at 3 pm Eastern Time.

 

The presentation will include:

 

  • Changes in requirements resulting from the implementation by FEMA of the Super Circular.
  • Grant recipient responsibilities regarding procurement, competition, equipment, and record retention and more.

 

To participate:

 

Webinar sessions will be broadcast using Adobe Connect webinar link and a call-in phone number for audio transmission. We suggest you save this link to your browser's favorites.

 

The Adobe Connect webinar can be found at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afg-ta-2015. To access the webinar follow these steps:

 

  • 1. Click on the link
  • 2. Select "enter as a guest" and provide you and your department’s name, click on enter the room
  • 3. Agree to the terms of the Adobe Connect system, Click on "OK"

 

For audio transmission, the call in number is: 1-800-320-4330 and enter pin # 530853.

 

Planned future webinar topics include Closeout help, Grants Management and Application Development.

 

 

$14,450,640 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 6 AFG 2014

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

June 12, 2015 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixth award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

 

FEMA awarded $14,450,640 to 57 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

 

  • $11,812, Operations and Safety, Training, Union City Fire Department, Union City, TN
  • $42,858, Operations and Safety, Equipment, Camp Verde Fire District, Camp Verde, AZ
  • $91,397, Operations and Safety, Wellness and Fitness Programs, City of North Lauderdale, North Lauderdale, FL
  • $123,948, State Fire Training Academy, Equipment, Utah Valley University/Utah Fire & Rescue Academy, Provo, UT
  • $303,810, Regional Request, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Plymouth Fire Company No.1, Conshohocken, PA
  • $733,709, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA
  • $1,062,890, Operations and Safety, Modify Facilities, Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Orlando, FL
  • $2,882,970, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Seattle Fire Department, Seattle, WA

 

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

June 1, 2015 - FEMA has announced the FY2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for 2 of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation. HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation's ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

 

All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply. Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their Applicant state/territory.

 

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information. Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet no later than 3:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2015.

 

Flood Mitigation Assistance, $150 Million

 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

 

For the FY 2015 FMA program, FEMA will select sub-applications for funding in the agency's priority order:

 

  • Flood mitigation planning activities up to $100,000 federal share per applicant with a maximum of $50,000 federal share for state mitigation plans and $25,000 federal share for local mitigation plans
  • Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet definition part (b)(ii) of a Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property: At least 2 separate NFIP claim payments have been made with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure
  • Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet the definition of a Repetitive Loss (RL) property: Have incurred flood-related damage on 2 occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event
  • Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures meet definition part (b)(i) of a SRL property: 4 or more separate NFIP claims payments have been made with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of claims payments exceeding $20,000
  • Projects that will reduce the risk profile in communities through mitigation of the largest number of contiguous NFIP-insured properties

 

Pre-Disaster Mitigation, $30 Million

 

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disaster declarations.

 

For the FY 2015 PDM program:

 

  • Applicants may submit a maximum of 11 sub-applications in a PDM grant application: 10 for mitigation planning and project activities, plus 1 management cost sub-application. Of the 10 sub-applications for mitigation activities, Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 projects.
  • Each Applicant's number one ranked sub-application must not exceed $250,000 Federal share in order to be eligible for the state and tribal set asides.
  • FEMA will use the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale to prioritize activities for competitive selection once the set asides have been met.

 

FEMA will select eligible applications for funding in the agency's priority order:

 

  • Statutory set aside of $250,000 per State/Territory/District of Columbia
  • Up to $5 Million Tribal set aside for $250,000 per Federally-recognized tribe
  • Mitigation planning activities from Applicants without Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available
  • Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
  • Flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
  • Mitigation planning activities from Applicants with HMGP funds available
  • Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available
  • Flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available

 

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

$19,003,918 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 5 AFG 2014

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

May 29, 2015 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fifth award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

 

FEMA awarded $19,003,918 to 176 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

 

  • $715, Training ($750), Operations and Safety, Citizen's Hose Company #1, Glassport, PA
  • $25,096, Wellness and Fitness Programs ($26,350), Operations and Safety, West Buncombe Vol. Fire Department Inc., Asheville, NC
  • $83,628, Equipment ($91,990), Operations and Safety, Carroll County Fire Rescue, Carrollton, GA
  • $118,096, Vehicle Acquisition ($124,000), Vehicle Acquisition, City of Cordova Volunteer Fire Department, Cordova, AL
  • $227,740, Equipment ($20,000) || Personal Protective Equipment ($233,000), State Fire Training Academy, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • $300,867, Vehicle Acquisition ($330,953), Vehicle Acquisition, South Pierce Fire and Rescue, Eatonville, WA
  • $336,603, Personal Protective Equipment ($336,807), Regional Request, Benton County Fire Protection District #4, Kennewick, WA
  • $1,000,000, Vehicle Acquisition ($1,100,000), Vehicle Acquisition, Winchester Fire-EMS, Winchester, KY

 

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

FEMA Releases 2015 National Preparedness Report

Public Safety Grant News - FEMA

 

May 28, 2015 - Today, FEMA and its partners released the 2015 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation's progress toward reaching the 2011 National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. This report marks the fourth iteration of the NPR. The 2015 NPR places particular emphasis on highlighting preparedness progress in implementing the National Planning Frameworks. The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the Goal.

 

The report was developed to meet the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness. PPD-8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation. The NPR also addresses several reporting requirements from the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA), including components of the Federal Preparedness Report and State Preparedness Report (SPR).

 

The 2015 report identifies 43 key findings across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas, in addition to six key overarching findings listed below:

 

 

 

  • Recent events, including the epidemic of Ebola virus disease, have highlighted challenges with coordinating the response to and recovery from complex incidents that do not receive Stafford Act declarations.
  • Businesses and public-private partnerships are increasingly incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms, such as Internet and social media tools and services.
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination are additional core capabilities to sustain, which are capabilities in which the Nation has developed acceptable levels of performance for critical tasks, but which face potential performance declines if not maintained and updated to address new challenges.
  • Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction remained national areas for improvement, and Economic Recovery re-emerged as an area for improvement from 2012 and 2013. Access Control and Identity Verification is a newly identified national area for improvement.
  • Perspectives from states and territories on their current levels of preparedness were similar to previous years. All 10 core capabilities with the highest self-assessment results in 2012 and 2013 remained in the top-10 for 2014; Cybersecurity continues to be the lowest-rated core capability in state and territory self-assessments.
  • While Federal departments and agencies individually assess progress for corrective actions identified during national-level exercises and real-world incidents, challenges remain to comprehensively assess corrective actions with broad implications across the Federal Government.

 

The NPR presents a national perspective, highlighting the contributions to preparedness made by the whole community—namely, Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities, and individuals. The report also integrates data from the annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process and State Preparedness Reports from the 56 states and territories. FEMA also conducted research to identify any recent independent evaluations, surveys, and other data related to the core capabilities.

 

For a copy of the full report go to: www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-report.

 

Questions can be directed to FEMA at: NPR@fema.dhs.gov.

 

For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit: www.fema.gov/national-preparedness

 

 

Geospatial Mapping for Small Jurisdictions: Google Earth Pro Now Free

Public Safety Grant News - Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC)

 

May 22, 2015 - Google has made its Google Earth Pro licenses free. Previously, Earth Pro was $400. While much of the terminology used on the Earth Pro website is business-oriented, most of the features can translate easily to fire, emergency management, and other emergency services.

 

Earth Pro has many features that Google Earth does not, allowing users to:

 

  • View demographic information
  • Calculate and measure distance, radius, proximity, and area
  • Get traffic count data
  • Plot collected data points on a map
  • Save compiled information
  • Create presentations and videos

 

By making this software free, Google is providing smaller jurisdictions the ability to utilize a geospatial mapping application that otherwise would run in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

 

Full story - The Infogram

 

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$9,653,537 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 4 AFG 2014

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

May 22, 2015 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fourth award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program. No awards were announced on May 15.

 

FEMA awarded $9,653,537 to 75 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

 

  • $7,273, Operations and Safety, Training, West Allis Fire Department, Milwaukee, WI
  • $25,662, Operations and Safety, Training, Hattiesburg Fire Department, Hattiesburg, MS
  • $52,858, Regional Request, Equipment, St. Cloud Firemans Association, St. Cloud, WI
  • $153,637, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hagerstown Fire Department, Hagerstown, MD
  • $256,273, Operations and Safety, Equipment, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Ashland, OR
  • $360,870, State Fire Training Academy, Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Louisiana State University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, LA
  • $372,273, Regional Request, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Rescue Fire Company No. 1, Harrisburg, PA
  • $642,858, Vehicle Acquisition, Vehicle Acquisition, City of Tuskegee Fire Department, Tuskegee, AL

 

See the full FY2014 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!