When it comes to emergency preparedness, federally recognized tribal governments and smaller, namely rural, municipalities often struggle to meet their desired goals. A need for more resources, time, and money commonly hinders their progress. Recognizing these limitations and demonstrating its desire to achieve the National Preparedness Goal, FEMA recently released $6 million in competitive grants with two distinct focus areas: “Build Tribal Capacities to Improve Readiness and Resilience” and “Rural Preparedness for Equitable Outcomes.” 

The funding notice, available online at Grants.gov, is part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Homeland Security National Training Program/Competitive Continuity Training Grants. According to FEMA, these grants provide training solutions to address specific national preparedness gaps and increase capacity through training availability.  

Training Is Key

Proper training is essential to preparedness. It ensures that everyone understands what to do in an emergency or business disruption, minimizes panic, and speeds up response. Ideally, it also familiarizes everyone with the protective actions for life safety (e.g., evacuation, shelter-in-place, lockdown, etc.) and safety, building security, information security, and other loss prevention programs.  

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With funds from one of FEMA’s latest grants, DHS-23-NPD-005-00-96, awardees should be able to advance their training and, ultimately, their community’s resilience. The grants, like others, are available through a competitive process, so meeting the requirements of the funding notice is crucial. The application period will close at 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 7, 2023. 

This information is shared as a courtesy of BOLDplanning, a division of Agility. The Tennessee-based company is the leading developer of online software for Emergency Operations Planning (EOP), Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP), Business Continuity Planning (BCP), and Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP). Its online platform is the solution of choice for over 10,000 preparedness plans nationwide.