Information Bulletin Number 0809244

DHS Awards $63 Million in
Emergency Preparedness Grants
Release Date: September 11, 2008
Release Number: HQ-08-198
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) announced today approximately $63 million in grant awards to improve emergency management
and preparedness capabilities under the new Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Grant Program and the new
Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP).
More than $14.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2008 EOC grant awards will help address identified deficiencies and needs
in order to support flexible, sustainable, secure and interoperable EOCs. Fully capable emergency operations facilities
at the state, local and tribal levels are essential to a comprehensive national emergency management system, ensuring
continuity of both operations and government in major disasters, whether natural or man-made.
The FY 2008 IECGP awards $48.5 million to improve interoperable emergency communications for response to
natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. IECGP funding will assist states and territories in
implementing their components of Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans and aligning priorities with the
goals outlined in the National Emergency Communications Plan.
FY 2008 EOC Grant Program funds are to be used over a 36-month period for EOC construction projects, and are
limited to $1 million for new construction or $250,000 for renovation projects, and one project per facility. Twenty
states and jurisdictions were awarded funds for projects at 22 facilities. Grantees were required to meet a 25 percent
cost share cash or in-kind match requirement.
IECGP funding allocations were announced in June 2008; funds are expected to be awarded by Sept. 30. To date,
the Department of Homeland Security has spent approximately $3.9 billion in grants to improve interoperable
communications.
For more information on the EOC and IECGP grant programs, please visit: www.fema.gov/grants.
Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Sep-2008 12:32:21