Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Ralph Northam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 21, 2018
Office of the Governor
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 897-9730
Governor Northam Announces $420,000 in Preparedness and Resilience Grants to Virginia Localities
~28 Localities Across the Commonwealth Awarded Competitive Grants~
RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that nearly $420,000 will be awarded to 28 localities across the Commonwealth as part of a competitive process under the Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance Grant (SLEMPG) program. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will administer the funds, which Virginia receives annually from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Localities received the news today at the Virginia Emergency Management Symposium, a forum to train emergency responders, planners, managers and volunteers and to share best practices, lessons learned and initiatives among Virginia’s emergency management community. The symposium is being held this week in Hot Springs, Virginia.
“Virginia is home to many important assets and facilities that require special security, therefore it is imperative we take a proactive approach to ensuring our localities are best equipped to handle any potential disaster,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “First responders make numerous sacrifices in pursuit of keeping the public safe, and grant programs such as these are valuable tools to assist these brave men and women with the safety measures they deserve.”
This grant program focuses on five key areas: mass casualty equipment or supplies; mass care equipment or supplies, including supplies for the elderly, children and infants, citizens with access or functional needs, sheltering supplies for pets; public alert, warning and notification systems; civil disturbance joint planning, training, or equipment; and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) equipment. This year’s competitive grant application process focused on projects that would create or enhance these capabilities.
“We have focused these competitive grant programs to enhance the resiliency of communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran. “By partnering with first responders and emergency managers in these localities, we are able to target this grant funding to meet the most acute and highest value projects statewide.”
The SLEMPG funds enable enhancements to the Commonwealth’s preparedness for all types of disasters—natural or human-caused. The funds also allow communities to strengthen their capabilities to respond to the needs of their citizens and create a stronger, more prepared and more resilient Commonwealth.
“In the past four years, we have streamlined the way in which we award needed grant funding to localities on the front lines of keeping Virginians safe from manmade and natural disasters.” said Dr. Jeff Stern, Virginia’s State Coordinator of Emergency Management. “We continue to explore innovative ways to invest in the Commonwealth’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.”
Localities were invited to submit proposals to support the priority areas for up to $30,000. Localities are required to provide a one-to-one local match for the each awarded project. A total of 47 projects were submitted by 37 localities. Below is a listing of the grant allocation awarded by locality:
|Locality||Project Type||Grant Award|
|Amelia County||Mass Casualty Equipment and Supplies||$5,750|
|Bath County||CBRNE/HAZMAT Equipment||$3,575|
|Bland County||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$4,250|
|Charlottesville City||Civil Disturbance Joint Planning; Training; and/or Equipment||$6,090|
|Chesterfield County||CBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment||$13,500|
|Dickenson County||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$7,893|
|Essex County||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$6,275|
|Fairfax County||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$30,000|
|Fredericksburg City||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$20,000|
|Greensville County||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$4,250|
|Hampton City||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$30,000|
|Henrico County||CBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment||$15,000|
|King George County||Mass Casualty Equipment and Supplies||$8,000|
|Martinsville City||CBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment||$4,986|
|Mathews County||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$15,000|
|Middlesex County||CBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment||$7,500|
|Montgomery County||Mass Casualty Equipment and Supplies||$9,643|
|Newport News City||CBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment||$29,900|
|Page County||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$5,890|
|Pittsylvania County||Mass Casualty Equipment and Supplies||$10,000|
|Portsmouth City||Public Alert, Warning and Notification Systems||$6,330|
|Prince William County||CBRNE/HAZMAT Equipment||$15,000|
|Roanoke City||Civil Disturbance Joint Planning; Training; and/or Equipment||$30,000|
|Shenandoah County||CBRNE/HAZMAT Equipment||$28,075|
|Virginia Beach City||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$15,000|
|Warren County||Mass Care Equipment and Supplies||$30,000|
|Wise County||CBRNE/HAZMAT Equipment||$27,540|
|York County||CBRNE/HAZMAT Equipment||$30,000|
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visitwww.vaemergency.gov.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971