WASHINGTON—State emergency management coordinators across the nation this month have received at no charge a grant application handbook that will help them seek a combined $6 billion-plus in emergency response funds available this year and next from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The 109-page NEI Grant Application Handbook provides step-by-step guidance on how to apply for DHS security grants. Commonly known as “first responders,” emergency management authorities play a critical role in the aftermath of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornados, and they are a vital part of the nation’s homeland security efforts.
The nuclear energy industry has produced and made available the handbook as a public service. The Nuclear Energy Institute, working with its member companies, produced the handbook to help first responders and other organizations navigate the intricacies of the federal government’s grant process.
“The nuclear industry already has a close working relationship with state and local authorities on broad emergency preparedness issues. We developed this handbook because we saw the need for helping first responders navigate the complexities of the grant proposals for federal funding,” said Alan Nelson, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s chief, emergency preparedness. “It is in the national interest that emergency management specialists receive adequate funding to fulfill their responsibilities. We want to help people like local fire chiefs and first responders move through the process as efficiently as possible.”
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, various grant programs were created to assist firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police as part of the overall effort to increase localities’ preparedness and response capabilities. These programs include grants from DHS, which has made $3 billion in funding available this year and $3.6 billion available in fiscal year 2005 to supplement state and local efforts to deal with the aftermath of a possible terrorist attack.
The handbook provides the user with an introduction and overview of the grant application process and a detailed road map on how to successfully apply for these grants. The homeland security grants are what’s known as “non-competitive” grants, meaning state and local community applicants are not judged against other applicants, but grant candidates must provide a thorough community needs assessment and an application that specifies how the monetary award will be used.
The handbook includes contact information for all 50 states and offers advice on getting organized, identifying funding resources and submitting thorough applications.
The handbook can be downloaded from NEI’s public Web site at www.nei.org, or ordered by contacting the NEI publications office at 202.738.8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.