Tribal emergency managers will receive $1.7 million in preparedness grants as part of nearly $1.8 billion in grants announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants are designed to help state, local and tribal governments with protection, response and recovery for all disasters, according to a DHS press release. "These grants provide direct support for regional preparedness, urban security and medical response efforts in the communities across the country," said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in the release.
The new allocations include steps the DHS has taken to improve the ability of state, local and tribal governments to apply for and use FEMA grants, according to the release, including:
- considering stakeholder feedback;
- ensuring that state, local and tribal governments understand how funds can be used to sustain long-term project; and
- developing a more transparent, efficient application process.
The tribal grants target an area heretofore, overlooked, according to some. "We are particularly happy with the funds designated to tribal emergency managers who are a critical yet often overlooked partner in the nation's layered emergency management system," said Russell Decker, the International Association of Emergency Managers president. "We are also encouraged by the secretary's pledge to make the grant process less cumbersome for local, tribal and state recipients. It's clear the administration is listening to the key stakeholders."
The grant allocations were announced as follows:
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