Preparedness Grant Programs and Incentives

Which grant programs have been successful in building preparedness capabilities? Which programs can be improved? How can we effectively balance local emergency management needs with national mandates for security and resiliency?

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Streamline applicaitons/management for smaller tribes

Smaller tribal governments (populations less than 5,000) are frustrated with the grant application and management process. Most of them do not have the infrastructure or management experience to successfully apply for, and continually manage many grants in this program. A streamlined grant application/reporting structure for these situations would be warranted. Steven Matles OHST, CHSP, CHEP Deputy Director Indian ...more »

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Shift Resources

Shift resources from low frequency/high impact events to high frequency/moderate & high impact event prevention & mitigation.

Hijackings are rare, but other crimes and infrastructure failures happen every day.

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Elderly Preparedness Training & Disaster Kits Grant

I would strongly suggest and support a grant program that would assist the elderly and special needs community with providing disaster preparedness training along with providing them with a disaster kit that suits their needs. This type of training can be conducted in their homes at their request and would help the local communities with identifying those who will require assistance during a disaster.

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Use of Grant Funding for Personnel Costs

The use of grant funding for training and backfill needs to be reevaluated. Current federal funding guidelines do not permit for the use of grant dollars to pay for wages for those attending mandated training (such as hazardous materials and/or decontamination training in healthcare facilities) nor will it pay for those that are backfilling the positions left unfilled while others are in training. In today's economy, ...more »

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Create Strategic Policy for Urban v. Rural Areas

In funding and when writing policy, consider the different challenges faced by rural and urban states, differences in geography, and state size. Most Homeland Security funding targets population centers (ie. UASI, the formula for HSGP), however, incidents do not necessarily only effect those proximal to the event. It is important to use not only a risk based approach but an impact based approach and think beyond local ...more »

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Funding to local EMS/Rescue Providers

Please provide funding to local EMS providers whether they volunteer with a local agency or through a funded State or Federal Team. Medical, rescue and fire personnel have to pay for alot of their own training along with purchasing of the equipment that they use. It's one thing to be willing to provide our expertise and knowledge when a large scale event occurs, however, to see the MONEY allocated and being spent in beaurocratic ...more »

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Multi-Year Grant Funding and Cloud-based Solutions

Ability for UASI and other grants to fund technology projects beyond just the grant year allowing for off-premise, cloud-based or other SaaS-type offerings. Currently most customers want to buy premise-based solutions with large, upfront costs because they fear their grants will run out and they can not afford long-term, lower monthly fees. This puts an undue burden on customers to purchase hardware, maintenance, IT ...more »

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Veterans for CERT and Civil defence,CFR.

Fire Inspector and former Crash Fire Rescueman, I would like to have training on aircraft emergencies and disasters for the major cities and communities . Train veterans for this duties to inculde medics and ambulances persons. This would be injuction with civil defence and CERT. I would like to do this. I would like to organize this, pay a show up milage and monthly stipen.

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Evacuation Assistance for the Elderly and Special Needs Communities

This includes assisted-living, residential care homes, board and cares, adult residential and other special needs facilities. I have put a Disaster Prepardeness Task Force in place in San Diego County to represent such communities...so in the event of an evacuation, they will receive the assistance to relocate from one facility to another - with the collaborative efforts of the local, city and county emergency services. ...more »

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Vulnerable Pop planning - funding for human svc organizations

FEMA should divert some grant funding to state's human services agencies for planning for vulnerable populations. The already have the relationships and lines of communication with many in these populations. They also have access to many services and providers needed in an emergency - wheel chair transportation, access to nursing facility beds, knowledge of people with behavioral issues/ dementia, etc.

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Preparedness Staff

Offer funding that is DEDICATED to hiring and maintaining preparedness staff (or modify/expand existing funding). Otherwise, if new initatives are added without removing other projects, great ideas will be lost on an already overtaxed and underpaid staff.

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Mass Medical transport

Evacuation of walking and non walking wounded from all types of disasters. In our state and most other states the EMS services are under funded and struggling to take care of thier existing daily emergencies. In disaster situations these resources are stretched even further. Assistance from out of state agencies has been addressed, drilled and organized. The problem as I see it is we need additional resources (vehicles-evacuation ...more »

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