FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Non-Disaster Grants:

FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) - designed to assist in the development, maintenance, and improvement of state and local emergency management capabilities. It provides support to state and local governments to achieve measurable results in key functional areas of emergency management.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)  - intended to provide financial and technical assistance as well as national direction and guidance to enhance state, territorial, tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP grant program distributes fees collected from shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to eligible Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for hazmat planning and training. HMEP grant funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. HSEMD serves as the administering agency in Iowa for HMEP grants.
 
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)  - specifically, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). The State Homeland Security Program provides assistance to state and local entities to prepare for terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It authorizes purchase of specialized equipment to enhance state and local agencies’ capability in preventing and responding to WMD incidents and other terrorist incidents, and provides funds for protecting critical infrastructure of national importance. This program provides funds for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating terrorism response exercises; developing and conducting counter-terrorism training programs; and updating and implementing each state’s homeland security strategy. Iowa HSEMD is the administering agency in Iowa for HSGP grants.
 
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities both pre- and post-disaster. The two non-disaster grants are the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance program.  The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations.  The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities: planning, project, and management cost grants. FMA grants are part of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Disaster Grants

Disaster grants are only received following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Public Assistance program - FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
 
Hazard Mitigation funding also becomes available when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. Eligible applicants of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), part of HMA (see above), include state agencies and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) according to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 44, Section 206.221 (e). The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 also requires that a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan be in place prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds.

For more information, contact Aaron Detter or Michelle Barness. For additional information on FEMA’s grant programs, visit Iowa Homeland Security.

News Headlines

Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, August 16, 2021

The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6c2ef7aa975a/uerpc-august-2021-newsletter-5630233  

 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Resiliency Toolkit Released to Assist Business, Government and Development Organizations with Ongoing Viability
  • IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!•Lieutenant Governor Visits Oelwein
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Part of Planning Committee for Successful MEEC Conference
  • Board Member Spotlight: Pat Murray
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • August SRTS Monthly Motivators: Start a Walking School Bus!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be held by conference call Aug. 17

Posted: Mon, August 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 6, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be limited to conference call. A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 232 696 476# to join the public meeting.

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2022-2025. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:
https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2022-2025_STIPDraft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2021. You can also contact Chambers if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us

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Fayette County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Wed, July 28, 2021

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County residents, as well as those who work in Fayette County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not collect any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, FCEDT, and other community stakeholders in understanding Fayette County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address: surveymonkey.com/r/FC-Housing

Readers are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Fayette County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126; or to Mallory Hanson at director@visitfayettecountyiowa.com or563-265-5248.

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