Huron County EMA applies for many grants from federal and state governments as well as private foundations. These grant funds provide planning, training, exercises, and equipment that enhance the preparedness and ability to respond by our first response community.
Some grants we apply to each year include:
Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG). The EMPG funds your local EMA activities. It requires local matching funds of an equal amount up to roughly $65,000 per year. These funds are used for salaries, equipment and supplies of our EMA office that allow us to perform the emergency management functions listed in the About section of this website.
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The SERC grant provides about $19,000 per year for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Hazardous materials planning, training, incident response and exercises are provided by the EMA through a contract with the LEPC.
Citizen Corp Program (CCP). The CCP provides about $6,650 per year in funding for the Huron County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) team of volunteers. Since this isn’t much money and since our office has two employees, we pool our resources with other area counties and contract the services of RS Associates in Milan, Ohio to provide the leadership and organization for our CERT team.
Here are some Grant Programs that we periodically apply to on a competitive basis:
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP). The HMEP provides funding for additional hazmat planning and training should we have the need and interest from response agencies above and beyond our normal schedule of hazmat training and planning.
Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP). The IECGP provides interoperable communications planning and equipment. Huron County EMA has successfully applied the past 3 grant years and provided an additional $204,892.00 toward Huron County’s interoperable communications planning and equipment needs.
TRANSCAER provided a grant of $1000.00 in 2010 to provide railcar safety training in Willard, Ohio. This training was offered twice at the CSX yard and many local and neighboring fire departments took part.
Federal Mitigation Grants are available in many forms and are applied to periodically as mitigation projects are presented to our office from local jurisdictions. The most recent mitigation grant we have received is providing funds to update the Huron County Natural Disaster Mitigation Plan.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) provides grant funding for hazmat transportation training as well as funding for some railroad crossing improvements.