Proposed FY2013 National Preparedness Grant Program

On February 13th the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 President’s Budget was announced introducing the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP); this program seeks to sustain and continue to build on existing capabilities to create a national robust capacity based on cross-jurisdictional and readily deployable state and local assets. In accordance with the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and Secretary Napolitano’s expectations within the Department of Homeland Security during the current fiscal environment, FEMA’s FY 2013 budget reflects the Agency’s priorities as we manage existing resources, reduce redundancies, enhance efficiencies, and focus on the programs that help FEMA fulfill its crucial emergency management role for the Nation. FEMA’s proposed FY2013 budget reflects the appropriate balance of enabling FEMA to fulfill its mission while reducing spending in several areas as well as highlighting program efficiency and innovative thinking. Regardless of potential budget limitations in the future, FEMA will continue to fulfill our most important mission to support our citizens and first responders.

The NPGP will require grantees to develop and sustain core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal rather than work to meet mandates within individual, and often disconnected, grant programs. NPGP will also focus on creating a robust national response capacity based on cross-jurisdictional and readily deployable state and local assets.

FEMA recognizes that the best solutions are generated by the people and the communities who are active participants in the preparedness grants. It is essential that stakeholders actively participate in thought-provoking discussions on the implementation of NPGP, which is why we are asking state, territorial, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, non-governmental and faith-based organizations, access and functional needs community, and others for their input on how to implement the proposed FY13 NPGP.

FEMA wants to hear your ideas and suggestions, to explore concerns as well as thoughts on how to move forward with this new grant program.

Description of the FY 2013 National Preparedness Grant Program.

The President’s FY 2013 Budget Request.

National Preparedness Grant Program Vision Dialogue

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Proposed FY2013 National Preparedness Grant

After reading this proposal I have several concerns. As a tribal organization representing tribes in Nevada it is of grave concern that any change in funding needs to include tribal consultation at not only the federal level but also at the state by state level. Tribes have suffered tremendously under the current system and a change to homeland security dollars could eliminate tribal involvement. Reviewers are often times ...more »

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NPGP Bad for Mitigation

The proposed grant program is supposed to include mitigation projects as eligible and as a result, eliminates the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. Yet, based on the funding priorities in the NPGP vision document, mitigation has a 0.00% chance of being funded. Instead, under the guise of giving more flexibility, mitigation loses. I don't understand the priorities of DHS - every year in the last decade natural ...more »

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Grant purchased equipment and 33 CFR Part 155 listing

I read the FY2013 grant program overview with interest. my question came after reading a paragraph on page 4 of that document which I've included below. As part of the peer review process, all EMHS resources will be considered in the context of their availability and utility to multiple jurisdictions, regions and the nation. The peer review process will require that resources, regardless of funding source, are complementary ...more »

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Preparedness Actions

Private businesses can train and prepare the public to increase their awareness and knowledge of NIMS. They have the experience and knowledge to fill in the preparedness and recovery gaps. Permit private businesses to write grants to fund the mission. No more time wasted on meetings and planning, just action.

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Pre-Disaster Mitigation is NOT a duplication of funding

Here's the problem. Out of 566 Tribal Nations less then 10% participate in National Flood Insurance Program. Because it was not written for federally recognized Tribes. SO that eliminates HOW many FEMA grant programs? Three (3) grants in total but eliminates up to five (5) funding streams. Each of which requires membership into the National Floodplain Management Insurance compliance. Flood Mitigation Assistance Planning ...more »

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Mitigation should be part of recovery

In the haste to recover, mitigation should not be forgotten, we cannot and must not "build it back like it was," that is inviting distaster back, we need to build back with mitigative action as the foundation to have a resilient recovery.

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Medical Disaster Drill utilizing smart phone applications

A hospital system based disaster drill to prepare hospital staff for possible disasters. This can be improved and adapted with a smart phone application which would allow for rapid communication from the field to the emergency room to the OR. The applications can help to triage and identify 'hot spots' in the community requiring more intensive resources. The application can be designed to monitor and assess metrics, ...more »

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National Preparedness Grant Program

FEMA's National Preparedness Grant Program page indicated that the new NPGP was being discussed here but I have not been able to find anything.

 

Now that it appears that congress is rejecting this NPGP concept, is this no longer an issue? (The House Appropriations mark-up returns grant programs to the former style and rejected the new vision)

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Planning Tool #1

With the advantages in technology, can we develop an emergency operations plan thats tied to link analysis to map interoperability. I recently have access to FEMAs full spectrum riskknowledgebase system and its amazing. Can we have a tool developed to do that for the planning process?

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Planning Tool #2

Can FEMA explore a comprehensive emergency operations planning solution that would align to a enterprise framework thats web-enabled. Example: Microsoft Security Showcase that was CPG-101 compliant. This is plug and play and facilitates your staff going through the planning process. They manage thier entire enterprise with a couple people and its updated in real time.

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VIPER - Volunteer, Identify, Prepare, Educate, Respond

Our nation has hundreds of small volunteer teams trained and ready to assist in the event of disasters. FEMA needs to recognize, support and document these teams under a new heading of V.I.P.E.R. Volunteer Identify abilities Prepare Educate Respond These teams are made up of trained K-9 Teams, All Terrain Vehicles, Water Rescue boats and divers, EMTs, small aircraft, etc., already trained in Rural, Urban and Wilderness ...more »

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Help Us Change Lives 1 Disaster at a Time..."The Beluga Bag"

Is there anybody out there listening? This product will save local, state and governmental agencies millions; it will save families the heartache of having to start over during the aftermath of a horrific storm. The Beluga Bag™ was inspired by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita; it was created to Protect, Preserve and Save all of those items (e.i. automobiles, furniture, clothing and important documents just to name ...more »

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