•How do we collectively assess our capabilities and gaps?
Create a national system with a specific "non-share percentage" gap analysis grant managed by the state EM agency that measures gaps and holds all stakeholders accountable to filling those gaps. The program would start off by leveraging the updated 3-year HIRA data produced by the states and locals. Using a three year cycle, the state would hold X number of workshops using the new grant funding bringing together federal, state, local, private, non-profit and faith-based organizations that would review one third of the state's identified hazards. During the workshops, all capabilities of the stakeholders would be identified and documented. Gaps would also be identified and all existing methods to fill those gaps would be identified. If the gap could not be filled via internal methods, then the stakeholders would submit IJ's via the HSGP, HMEP, BZPP, EMPG and others including state and local funding streams to fill those gaps. The state's strategy, HSSS, and enhancement plans would be updated. The next following year the process is repeated addressing the second 1/3 of the hazards and the IJ's funded would start. In the third year, the process is again repeated addressing the last 1/3 of the hazards. The state's control group (EM commission) would track projects to ensure they are on track, completed, and fill the gaps identified. DHS via the FEMA Region grant section (with support from FEMA Region Ops, Log, and Recovery sections) would integrate gap, capability, LCAT, and grant auditing to ensure the federal tax dollars are spent appropriately and that the gaps are being filled.
This idea is actually part of the grant process, FEMA gap analysis, as well as EMAP accreditation, but states are not fully institutionalizing the process because:
- state control groups either don't have the authority or do not pick up the torch;
- state EM agencies do not have adequate funding, personnel, or authority to do the job right; or
- cost-sharing and/or percentage sharing 80/20 prohibit funds to be spent to fill gaps identified at a local/regional level with state oversight