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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
I believed we need to have more CERT teams in smaller communities. I live in a one of the smaller counties in Northern Michigan. If we had a major disaster in this area we would have to have someone come in form one major cities. There are not enough CERT teams in Michigan in my opinion. I would like to start a CERT TEAM in Newaygo County and hopefully it would catch on in the other areas. I believe that to be prepared ...more »
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 »
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)
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 »
As this storm's aftermath unfolds, can this motivate people to stock up on emergency supplies for future disasters? The following are ideas to help do this. 1) Install HD sets at check out lanes that could show items one should have on hand for various emergencies. 2) Bar coded pamphlets could be stocked at check out lanes of major stores. Each scan will mean an emergency supply kit will be delivered. 3) The postal ...more »
They say in business, out of 200 ideas, 2 may be doable. Thank you FEMA for allowing ideas to be submitted and voted on. Eventually FEMA may discover those 2 winning concepts. Look at Kitty Hawk for the first to fly had many inventions. Perhaps 99 inventions before the winning aircraft won that contest. We Americans never gives up! Eventually we will find better ways to do things... Our youth are the most creative of ...more »
To measure progress toward this vision, three strategic goals were established: Goal 1—By 2010, 90 percent of all high-risk urban areas designated within the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Goal 2—By 2011, 75 percent of non-UASI jurisdictions are able to demonstrate ...more »
This post is about improving the lives of returning veterans from overseas. Some have injuries from their tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many may feel depressed due to their injuries. The following are ideas that may or may not be doable to improve the quality of life of our veterans. 1) Can FEMA begin a new program to hire our veterans to manage resources, including emergency supplies, for when a disaster occurs? ...more »