Disaster Zone

Emergency Management Performance Grants

IAEM is conducting a survey.

by Eric Holdeman / January 28, 2019

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is continually working to provide information to Congress on why federal funding is critical to state and local emergency managers. The survey below is targeted toward local and tribal EM types. Getting the most data and comments from a large segment of emergency managers from all the states and territories is critically important. When they go to testify, if they can tailor their testimony to the individual legislators and provide specific input from their constituent state — it can have great impact. Montana legislators want to hear about Montana, and not New York City. I encourage you to participate and provide input.

I often say, if it were not for federal grant dollars, our state and local emergency management programs would be minimal in most cases. These are your grant dollars to lose!

See the message below: 


Marty Shaub, President, IAEM-USA   

Date: January 28, 2019

You are receiving this information as a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). It is being sent to you as a benefit of membership.

IAEM-USA is conducting our 12th annual survey seeking information from U.S. local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. We need your help!

We again are conducting a joint effort with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA is using a separate Survey Monkey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. Once the data has been compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump administration.

We’ve made significant progress in recent years educating members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding, particularly EMPG funding, in building such programs. We are pleased the House and Senate both appropriated $350 million for FY2018, and we remain optimistic the program will again receive $350 million for FY 2019. Even so, we will continue to face much uncertainty in the coming years and will need to be prepared to defend and maintain the current appropriation for EMPG. We will also need to be ready with ironclad data to make a case for a long-overdue funding increase for EMPG.

The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. If you have examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity, we would like to cite those in our effort to “paint the picture” on the importance of EMPG.

The survey is available HERE.

A PDF-version of the survey is available HERE. 

Please, complete the survey by COB on February 15. Should you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you can return to your survey from the same computer anytime by 6:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 15, 2019, to finish by following the link provided above.

If you have any technical problems or questions with the survey, please contact Julie Husk at jhusk@iaem.com

If you have any questions about the survey questions, please contact Thad Huguley at thad@iaem.com

Thank you for helping us in this important effort.