Should have last year's winners been allowed to apply?
I'm curious on opinions out there - should have departments that won grant awards last year been allowed to apply this year?
Most of whom I've spoken to personally on the subject say NO. Of course, they were all from departments that did not win awards last year.
FEMA Preparedness Funding
I feel your pain. We just spent a couple of days earlier this week in D.C. with some DOJ and FEMA personnel. A couple of interesting points came up:
The Congress appropriated $175 Million THIS federal budget year to get the funds rolling before October.
States were required to submit plans on funding identifying the primary state agency and a plan for distributing the funding both this federal fiscal year and next (the $3.5 Billion).
The funding stream plan was submitted "a couple of months ago".
The $3.5 will be distributed with a $5 million dollar base for each state, the remaining will be distributed to the 51 states / territories based on a population formula.
The primary state agencies previously identified know the formula and KNOW exactly how much they will be receiving out of the 3.5 billion.
There will be no direct funding to localities, this is apparently due to legislation that the FireAct specifically circumvents.
The FEMA call for comments (those 8 questions) received the largest response of any comment period related to any FEMA program. So the Feds got the message...
I'd encourage anyone to contact their state emergency management office or governer's office and attempt to identify how the block grants will work in their state. We still haven't gotten an answer, even though the state agencies were required to submit a plan.
Good luck getting your piece.