What is EMPG?
The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG program is essential for the building and sustainment of critical capabilities for disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation across the country.
The purpose of the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is to provide Federal funds to states to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards. The EMPG Program supports a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency preparedness system by building and sustaining the core capabilities contained in the Goal.
The FY 2019 EMPG program funds support investments that improve the ability of jurisdictions to:
- Prevent a threatened or an actual act of terrorism;
- Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards;
- Mitigate the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters;
- Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident; and/or
- Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic, and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.
In Texas, the Texas Division of Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Current EMPG Jurisdiction
TDEM is the only eligible entity eligible to apply to FEMA for EMPG funds. Funds are then distributed to tribal, county, and city emergency management agencies across the state.
Tribal, county and city emergency management programs were to apply to the State of Texas by January 31, 2019 to be included in the state application. TDEM will then submit an application to FEMA in June 2019. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) focuses on planning, operations, equipment acquisitions, training, exercises, construction, and renovation to enhance and sustain all-hazards core capabilities at the state, local, and tribal level.
The FY19 allocation to the state of Texas is $20,848,969. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then allocated to emergency management agencies and local jurisdictions. At least 80% of the funds awarded under EMPG must be obligated to local government units within 45 days of the acceptance of the grant award. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required.
Lisa Resendez, Grant Coordinator
Phone: (512) 424-7511