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

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)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

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyToday, 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: [email protected].

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

Geospatial Mapping for Small Jurisdictions: Google Earth Pro Now Free

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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.

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

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!

How to Get Valuable Grant Data for Free

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A competitive public safety grant application needs accurate, comprehensive data. If you can’t back up your need with solid facts, you are less likely to be funded. But how do you get the data you need?

One resource to get this data used to cost $400. Now it’s free. Google Earth Pro is a more extensive version of the popular geospatial mapping application Google Earth. Public safety agencies like yours can use these powerful tools to calculate important area data and include it in your application, such as:

  • Measure area and distance
  • Access and analyze demographic data
  • Access traffic count information
  • Plot data points
  • Turn data into presentations and online video
  • Run GIS and/or spreadsheet imports

By accessing this data, you can substantiate your funding needs with demographic data, terrain analysis, critical infrastructure, potential natural disaster threats, and more.

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$14,617,374 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 3 AFG 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the third award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

FEMA awarded $14,617,374 to 101 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

  • $8,048, Operations and Safety, Equipment ($8,450), Shelly Fire and Rescue, Shelly, MN
  • $29,637, Regional Request, Equipment ($29,618), Dickeyville Rescue Squad, Dickeyville, WI
  • $57,690, Operations and Safety, EMS Equipment ($60,574), Marcellus Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services Inc, Marcellus, NY
  • $160,728, Operations and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment ($176,800), Forest Volunteer Fire Co., Forest, VA
  • $256,215, Vehicle Acquisition, Vehicle Acquisition ($281,836), Fannin County Fire Department, Blue Ridge, GA
  • $260,870, State Fire Training Academy, Vehicle Acquisition ($300,000), Alabama Fire College, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • $703,640, Regional Request, Training ($774,003), Bullhead City Fire Department, Bullhead City, AZ
  • $1,809,566, Operations and Safety, Equipment ($1,976,000) || Training ($85,000), Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami, FL

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

$6,553,974 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 2 AFG 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the second award round for the FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) fire grants program.

FEMA awarded $6,553,974 to 45 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards included:

  • $13,169 Operations and Safety Equipment Fire Grant, Grandview Plaza Vol. Fire Dept., Junction City, KS
  • $23,810 Operations and Safety, EMS Equipment, Valley EMS, Valley, AL
  • $50,828 Operations and Safety Wellness and Fitness Programs Fire Grant, City of St. Cloud (Fire Rescue Department), St. Cloud, FL
  • $98,182 Operations and Safety Grant, EMS Equipment, Jessamine County Division of EMS, Nicholasville, KY
  • $103,637 Operations and Safety, EMS Equipment, Fulton County Emergency Medical Association, Canton, IL
  • $260,870 State Fire Training Academy, Vehicle Acquisition Fire Grant, Puerto Rico State Fire Department, San Juan, PR
  • $302,274 Training Fire Grant, Edmond Fire Department, Edmond, OK (Regional Request)
  • $478,819 Operations and Safety Fire Grant to Modify Facilities and Procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue, Saint Petersburg, FL)
  • $568,410 Operations and Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fire Grant, Petersburg Fire, Rescue & Emergency, Petersburg, VA

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