Published: October 4, 2021
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the awarding of more than $2.6 million in grant funding for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG). The EMPG program is a federally funded, state distributed, grant program. The grant focuses on funding planning, operations, equipment acquisitions, trainings, exercises, construction and renovation efforts at the local government level.
The EMPG program provides resources to assist local governments in preparing for all hazards. Through the grant program, the federal government provides coordination, guidance, and assistance to support a comprehensive emergency preparedness system.
“I am proud of this substantial investment in emergency preparedness across the Commonwealth,” said the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. The COVID-19 pandemic and rising threat of climate change has shown us that our local communities need the resources to prepare for an emergency of any calamity and this grant funding will allow them to achieve that goal.”
“VDEM continues to support the local emergency managers by ensuring they have the resources to support their community,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management Curtis Brown. “This grant program provides the opportunity for the commonwealth to build and sustain critical capabilities across key mission areas including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.”
Grant funding for the program is available to cities, counties and those towns recognized as emergency management jurisdictions under Title 44 of the Code of Virginia. The following EMPG grant allocations have been awarded:
Grant allocation letters will be made available within the next week. For more information about these programs, please contact Catherine Lee – Preparedness Grants Manager Programs at Catherine.Lee@vdem.virginia.gov or visit the VDEM Grants webpage at https://www.vaemergency.gov/grants/
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