Critical infrastructure: Where it is might surprise you

“Critical infrastructure.” It’s a phrase you might find in many grant guidelines and requests for proposal. But what is it? Where is it? How much does your area have? The answers might surprise you.

What is critical infrastructure?

According to DHS, critical infrastructure comprises physical and virtual systems “so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”

There are 16 sectors:

  1. Chemical
  2. Commercial Facilities
  3. Communications
  4. Critical Manufacturing
  5. Dams
  6. Defense Industrial
  7. Emergency Services
  8. Energy
  9. Financial Services
  10. Food and Agriculture
  11. Government Facilities
  12. Healthcare and Public Health
  13. Information Technology
  14. Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
  15. Transportation Systems
  16. Water and Wastewater

Where is critical infrastructure?

Critical infrastructure can be anywhere.

How much critical infrastructure does your area have?

And that, folks, can be the big hairy unknown. Critical infrastructure can be in or around your area, and you might not know it.

What to do about it?

We are working on some new resources to help agencies like yours plan around critical infrastructure and how to include details about critical infrastructure in grant applications.

What questions do you have about critical infrastructure? Please email Kurt Bradley and let us know!

SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts: Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts


Grants up to $400,000 for substance treatment abuse and healing

FOA Number: TI-19-002

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: Jan. 4, 2019

Expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts (ATDC) and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide SUD treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

What this grant does for your agency

Recipients will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective SUD treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties.

Applicants should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients increasing the number of individuals served and the gaps in the continuum of treatment for individuals in these courts who have treatment needs for SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

Grant funds must be used to serve people diagnosed with a SUD as their primary condition. SAMHSA will use discretion in allocating funding for these awards, taking into consideration the specific drug court model (ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts), as appropriate, the number of applications received per model type, and geographic distribution.

Agencies awarded the Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts receive grants up to $400,000 per year.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Anticipated Total Available Funding: Up to $10,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 25 (At least 5 awards will be made to tribes/tribal organizations pending sufficient application volume from these groups)

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments with direct involvement with the adult treatment drug court/Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, such as:

State governments; the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town, and individual adult treatment drug courts.

Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts funded in FY 2017 under announcement TI-17-001 and FY 2018 under announcement TI-18-008 are not eligible to apply for this program.

About the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 2018.


Apply for the Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Build response capability & mitigate vulnerabilities: FEMA releases new Core Capability Development Sheets


FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets provide tools that organizations can use to build or sustain their capabilities and close identified gaps. The National Preparedness Goal establishes 32 Core Capabilities to address the greatest risks to the nation. Additional background information is available on FEMA’s Technical Assistance Program website.

Each sheet provides the following information, tailored to the Core Capability:

  • Training courses
  • Standardized capability targets
  • Nationally-typed resources
  • Planning partners
  • Validation support

Mission Areas include:

  • Prevention: The capabilities to avoid, prevent or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism; focuses on ensuring optimal preparedness to prevent an imminent terrorist attack within the United States.
  • Protection: The capabilities to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.
  • Mitigation: The capabilities to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
  • Response: The capabilities to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
  • Recovery: The core capabilities to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.

Go to the Core Capability Sheets

1 First Responder Grants Client Wins $33,517 in Round 1 AFG FY 2017 Fire Grant Awards

Port Royal EMS, Inc., of Port Royal, PA, worked with First Responder Grants and won $33,517 AFG fire grant during Round 1 awards from the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

Port Royal EMS will use the fire grant award to procure new Personal Protective Equipment.

AFG grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“AFG helps fire service organizations nationwide procure mission-critical equipment and training,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “AFG is more competitive than ever, and I’m glad we could help Port Royal put forth an AFG application that stood out from the pack. Congratulations to all AFG winners!”

About First Responder Grants

Public safety agencies nationwide rely on First Responder Grants for grant writing training, grant consulting, and the latest news and tips and news for writing winning grant applications. Since 1998, our Certified Grants Consultants have helped public safety agencies like yours win over $1,000,000,000 in grant funding. Our grant writing training students learn to write competitive grants that bring home additional funding dollars to your agency, but that’s not all. Students receiving First Responder Grants training in grant writing maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending our classes—many on their very first application.

NIMS Alert 18-18: FEMA releases revised IS-100.c and IS-700.b online courses

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FEMA is pleased to release 2 revised online NIMS courses:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community–all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector–to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

Classroom versions will be released later this summer

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional 28 NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

Got a Federal grant? File this by June 30

If your agency has any Federal grants that are not officially closed, there’s a deadline looming that you need to stop and take care of now (if you haven’t already).

If your grant is open for any reason–including the unavailability of a closeout module–you must file a form SF-425 no later than June 30, 2018.

Failure to keep up with these reports may result in your remaining funds being locked, rejection of any grant currently under submission, and/or refusal to accept future grant applications. has everything you need to take care of this filing, including:

  • Form SF-425 (PDF)
  • Form Schema
  • Form Items Description (FID)
  • Form Instructions

Don’t delay, file it today!

Go to Federal Financial Report SF-425

House Approves Firefighter Cancer Registry Act

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On June 22, 2018, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act.  The bipartisan legislation creates a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources needed to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019 Homeland Security, Fire Grants Spending Bills

Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)On June 21, 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security spending bill. The legislation appropriates $55.15 billion for programs and activities within the Department of Homeland Security. The Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs are funded at $700 million, split evenly between the two programs. This is the same amount Congress provided for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).

The bill also provides $44 million for the United States Fire Administration (USFA), with an additional $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements at USFA’s Emmitsburg, MD campus. USFA received a total of $44.397 million in funding for FY18. The Urban Search and Rescue System is funded at $35.180 million in the bill, the same level of funding as appropriated for the current fiscal year.

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FEMA releases NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA’s National Integration Center has released 107 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions.

Today’s release includes Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions under the following core capabilities:

  • Critical Transportation
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Fatality Management Services
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
  • Operational Coordination
  • Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
  • Risk Management for Protection Programs and Activities
  • Situational Assessment

Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.

To view the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to the Resource Typing Library Tool:\

FEMA Releases the NIMS Implementation Objectives for Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Jurisdictions

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On June 11, 2018, FEMA released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Jurisdictions. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts. It helps prepare the nation for catastrophic disasters by enabling organizations from across the country to work together during all incidents, regardless of size or type. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness. The NIMS Implementation Objectives identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) organizations and jurisdictions.

FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives for these organizations and jurisdictions in 2009. This update ensures the objectives are consistent with the third edition of NIMS released in 2017 and incorporates stakeholder input, resulting in a more useful tool for organizations seeking to implement NIMS.

FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements or criteria, nor are the indicators intended as a checklist for achieving the objectives. The indicators are a tool to assist jurisdictions and organizations in meeting the new implementation objectives.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to view the document, go to the FEMA website at

Please note that federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives. FEMA will work with Federal NIMS Coordinators to revise those later this year.