FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Non-Disaster Grants:

FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) - designed to assist in the development, maintenance, and improvement of state and local emergency management capabilities. It provides support to state and local governments to achieve measurable results in key functional areas of emergency management.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)  - intended to provide financial and technical assistance as well as national direction and guidance to enhance state, territorial, tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP grant program distributes fees collected from shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to eligible Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for hazmat planning and training. HMEP grant funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. HSEMD serves as the administering agency in Iowa for HMEP grants.
 
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)  - specifically, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). The State Homeland Security Program provides assistance to state and local entities to prepare for terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It authorizes purchase of specialized equipment to enhance state and local agencies’ capability in preventing and responding to WMD incidents and other terrorist incidents, and provides funds for protecting critical infrastructure of national importance. This program provides funds for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating terrorism response exercises; developing and conducting counter-terrorism training programs; and updating and implementing each state’s homeland security strategy. Iowa HSEMD is the administering agency in Iowa for HSGP grants.
 
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities both pre- and post-disaster. The two non-disaster grants are the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance program.  The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations.  The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities: planning, project, and management cost grants. FMA grants are part of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Disaster Grants

Disaster grants are only received following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Public Assistance program - FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
 
Hazard Mitigation funding also becomes available when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. Eligible applicants of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), part of HMA (see above), include state agencies and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) according to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 44, Section 206.221 (e). The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 also requires that a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan be in place prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds.

For more information, contact Aaron Detter or Michelle Barness. For additional information on FEMA’s grant programs, visit Iowa Homeland Security.

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Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Special Meeting Agenda

Posted: Fri, April 3, 2020

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

Special Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 9, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m 

This will be a conference call meeting.  Please contact 605-475-4810 to join the meeting.  Participant access code is 625970*

Meeting is being conducted via conference call for health safety due to COVID-19

  1. Agenda Approval
  2. Approval of Minutes from February 20, 2020 regular meeting
  3. Discussion and Consider Approval of deferring loan payments temporarily due to COVID-19
  4. Floor Items
  5. Adjournment

Board meetings are accessible to all.  

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

Posted: Thu, March 26, 2020

The following documents provide information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice.

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NOTICE: IowaWORKS Offices Limiting In-Person Services

Posted: Fri, March 20, 2020

IowaWORKS Centers are taking significant steps to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health's guidance for social distancing.

Effective immediately, IowaWORKS offices will only be open to customers with an appointment, or to accept identity verification from customers applying for benefits. Individuals are encouraged to call or email IowaWORKS to receive assistance:  uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov, or 866-239-0843.    

For more information and for updates, visit:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19

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UERPC Offices Closed to Public Until Further Notice

Posted: Tue, March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 and public health concerns, both UERPC offices of 134 Greene Street, Postville and 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah are closed to the public effective immediately and until further notice. Please know that we are still here to serve you. Feel free to contact us via email or phone at 563-864-7551.

**Special note regarding the Postville Office:  If you have mail to drop off, please use our exterior drop box. For updates, please check our website and follow us on Facebook.** 

**Special note on Rental Assistance: All April checks will go out as scheduled.**

Please call our office with questions or concerns at 563-864-7551. Thanks for your understanding.

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