Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When municipalities fail to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, lives could be at stake. Quality planning often requires funding. Unfortunately, funding for disaster planning is decreasing just as the number of disasters is increasing. The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) recently published its 2012 biannual report, which is a comprehensive survey of all the state emergency management agencies, and that survey showed that at least 20 states cut their budgets in the past three years. Beyond that, there were numerous local governments that had budgets cut and programs consolidated. State and local governments are also dealing with furloughs, hiring freezes, and layoffs.
In the wake of several recent natural disasters that have destroyed not only property, but also taken lives, we thought it timely to identify several grants that will help communities be prepared if a disaster strikes.
The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) awards grants to help governments prepare for all types of hazards. The purpose of these grants is to help provide necessary direction, coordination, and guidance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists at all levels for all hazards. There are approximately 58 grants available, and applications are due June 24. There is a cost sharing requirement for this grant.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants (PDM) grants provide funds to state and local governments to implement pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation measures. These measures must be cost-effective and designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and destruction of property.
Awarded by FEMA, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is designed for areas that have been declared a disaster area by the President. This program awards grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The funds may be used to finance projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem. Applications for mitigation projects are encouraged as soon as possible after the disaster occurs. The program may provide a state with up to 15 percent of the total disaster grants awarded by FEMA. States that meet higher mitigation planning criteria may qualify for a higher percentage. The state or grantee must provide a 25 percent match, which can be fashioned from a combination of cash and in-kind sources.
The Rockefeller Foundation is sponsoring this challenge, in which the Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to apply to become a Resilient City. The Foundation defines building resilience as making people, communities, and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events – both natural and manmade – and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses. In August, cities can be nominated through a formal application process. Winning cities will be announced in three rounds over the next three years, with the final round of winners named in 2015. The winners will receive membership in the Resilient Cities Network, which will provide support and knowledge; support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to oversee the development of a resilience strategy for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs; and support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation.
Let’s not forget about the animals when it comes to disaster preparedness. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has established two grant categories to support state animal disaster preparedness and response efforts. Start-up grants of up to $5,000 will be available to organizations in the early stages of disaster preparedness and response planning. Start-up grants can be used for expenses related to state training and training-related activities. Matching and challenge grants of up to $20,000 are available to those who are further along in the disaster preparedness and response process. Matching and challenge grants can be used for expenses related to state training and training-related activities, medical supplies, and disaster response-related equipment. State grant applications are now being accepted for 2014. The application deadline for 2014 grants will be October 31, 2013.
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