FEMA FY2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Awards

And the winners are ...

I personally believe that the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants are one of the best funding mechanisms DHS/FEMA has in their grant toolbox. The money can't be used to "buy stuff,"' which leads to planning. And, it has to be regional planning at that. Finally a grant that is not tied to an individual jurisdiction!!!

Having the work be multi-jurisdictional breeds information sharing, relationship building, and eventually trust between people and hopefully organizations -- in the end. 

The King County grant below is one that I had a hand in proposing to the eight county region. The only downside is going to be doing the work "remotely" in this pandemic environment. While technology can assist, we'll lack that face-to-face contact that can significantly impact the cross jurisdictional relationship building that is needed, and the cross functional, emergency management and maritime interests in the case of this project that will now be funded. 

See the awardees below: 

FEMA Announces FY 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants

On Aug. 19, 2020, FEMA announced $10 million in competitive awards for its Fiscal Year 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program to 12 state and local governments to assist in developing innovative regional solutions to issues to catastrophic incidents, including pandemic preparedness.

The grant program supports the building of core capabilities, which address the nation’s greatest risks and are essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government.

The 2020 grants focus on planning, organization, training and exercises to build regional capabilities in Health and Medical and Food, Water and Sheltering Community Lifelines.

The 12 state and local governments were selected from 24 eligible applications. The projects selected are regional, replicable and sustainable after the grant period of performance ends.

Fiscal Year 2020 Award Recipients

King County (Washington)

$   929,413

City of New York (New York)

$   929,414

City of Houston (Texas)

$   735,594

City of San Francisco (California)

$   929,414

City of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)

$   929,414

State of New York

$   929,414

East-West Gateway Council of Governments (St. Louis, Missouri)

$   929,414

State of Oklahoma

$   929,414

City of Baltimore (Maryland)

$   843,988

State of New Jersey

$   381,060

City of San Antonio (Texas)

$   697,060

City of Virginia Beach (Virginia)

$   836,403

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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