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AI- 4980   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 01/08/2014  
FY14 Emergency Management Performance Grant Application
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider authorizing the submission of a grant application to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for the FY 2014 Emergency Management Performance Grant program.
BACKGROUND
The EMPG program provides federal funding to assist states and local governments in developing and carrying out emergency management programs. States submit annual applications that include a statement of work and proposed budget to DHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding to match State and local appropriations for emergency management programs. States receive EMPG funding from DHS and, in turn, pass through EMPG funding to local governments to reimburse them for emergency management program expenses. States, including Texas, require local governments which wish to participate in the program to submit EMPG program applications that include a Statement of Work and a program budget.
DISCUSSION
The funding of EMPG funds will help assist Nueces County to carry out preparedness activities to enhance their capability to mitigate potential hazards and respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters by using funding for key elements of emergency preparedness comprehensively emergency planning, emergency training, and exercises.

The deadline for EMPG Application submission for FY 2014 funding is January 31, 2014.  The total application will be $191,865, requesting 50% Nueces County/50% federal cost share. The cost share match ($95,933) will come from the Emergency Management operating budget (Department #5105).

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available: $95,933
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
1: 5105
Fund Transfers
Source of Funds: Dept #5105 Amount Requested: $95,933 Fiscal Year: 13/14 Budgeted Y/N: Y
Fiscal Impact:
While funding for the EMPG program was envisioned to be a 50 percent Federal/50 percent State/Local cost share, program funding has increased more slowly than the operating expenses for many emergency management programs. The combination of general increases in the cost of doing business and expansion of many local emergency management programs with slowly increasing program funding means that federal EMPG grants may reimburse less than 50 percent of local program expenses.

For example, the grant application for FY2013 requested $186,346 which would amount to $93,173 for the 50% federal share. However, the County was only awarded $47,058.

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