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On September 19, 2016 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that $5.7 million in federal funds will be awarded for 99 projects to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor McAuliffe’s public safety and homeland security team initiated a stakeholder-driven process to determine how the grants would be allocated this year.
"An inclusive grant process, where all stakeholders are involved, is the key to understanding the security needs of a community," said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran. "We will continue to build upon the foundation we have laid with these grants in our efforts to keep the citizens of our Commonwealth safe and secure."
Old Dominion University assisted with scoring the graded proposals, based on a benefit-cost ratio, as requested by the public safety stakeholders.
The HRMMRS submitted regional grant requests through the Hampton Roads Planning DIstrict Commission. Two HRMMRS projects received funding from this grant cycle. These projects are:
- MCI and Mass Care Capability Sustainment: $59,500
- CBRNE Pharmaceutical Stockpile – Nerve Agent Antidote and Antibiotics: $80,565
Emmitsburg, MD— David Long, the Interim Executive Director of Tidewater Emergency Services Council, Inc., graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, after he completed the full curriculum that supports the advancement of the emergency management profession at strategic policy and executive leadership levels.
David completed the four resident courses in the Executive Academy to include: E0680 Examining Emergency Management Policy and Doctrine; E0682 Leading Complex Systems; E0684 Interpreting the Contemporary Emergency Management Environment; E0686 Creating the Emergency Management Stakeholder Community; and a collaborative capstone project. The Executive Academy instills emergency management leaders with a deeper understanding of contemporary and emerging emergency management issues, debates, and public policy. It provides insights, theories, tools and resources that enable decision-makers to think and act more strategically and to build capacity to protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all types of disasters.
The Executive Academy provides the opportunity to work collaboratively, share smart practices, and participate in exercises with other senior leaders facing similar challenges. FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy is for senior executives at the pinnacle of their careers. It’s the final phase of FEMA’s Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP).
The EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime of learning for emergency managers and includes three separate, but closely related, training programs including the National Emergency Management Basic Academy, a specialized and technical training program to develop specific skill sets; the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, a program to develop the next generation of emergency management leaders who are trained in advanced concepts and issues, advanced leadership and management, critical thinking, and problem solving; and, the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, a program designed to challenge and enhance the talents of emergency management senior executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, negotiation, and conflict resolution applied to complex real-world problems.
David completed his training on August 30, 2018.
For more information on FEMA’s training classes through the Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies, or other emergency management courses, go to: http://training.fema.gov/empp/.
On August 31, 2018, Governor Northam announced that VDEM received 110 grant requests totaling nearly $8 million to compete for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Forty-eight projects were awarded a total of $2.2 million from competitive State Homeland Security Program funds and $1.5 million was awarded to the Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative (HR UASI) to address the unique needs of this high-threat, high-density urban area.
The Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University manages the peer-review process conducted by Virginia’s public safety stakeholders for competitive grants, and scores proposals based upon benefit-cost ratios. Awards have funded a diverse group of programs including community outreach and preparedness programs, interoperability efforts, sheltering programs, equipment enhancement and exercises.
“Virginia has elected to use an inclusive and detailed grant review process, incorporating stakeholder expertise to understand the security needs across the Commonwealth to allow us to use our limited grant funds to support the most critical needs facing our first responders,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. The HRMMRS submitted regional grant requests through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
State Homeland Security Grant projects approved:
• MCI and Mass Care Capability Sustainment: $70,000
• Point of Care Ultrasound – replacement: $73,500
Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant projects approved:
• MCI Transportation Package – MCETU replacement: $168,000
• MCI Transportation Package – Enclosed ATV Ambulances: $63,412
• Personal Protective Equipment – Replacement: $81,838