FY17 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Department of Homeland Security
The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. FEMA will provide allocations of $575,000 as required by the Stafford Act to states and territories; and a tribal set aside of $10 million for allocations up to $575,000 for Native American Indian tribal governments to support overall mitigation planning and projects. The remaining PDM funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a focus on multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives. Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal: https://portal.fema.gov. Applicants may submit a maximum of 9 project sub-applications notwithstanding any project(s) submitted for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside. In addition, any state or tribe willing to serve as the applicant for a multi-state or tribal activity may submit one additional plan or project subapplication.
FY17 Flood Mitigation Assistance Department of Homeland Security
The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY17, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects and mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. The remaining funding, at least $90,000,000, will be used for FMA technical assistance, mitigation planning, and mitigation projects reducing risk to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties. Applicants must submit applications via the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal: https://portal.fema.gov. Applicants may submit a maximum of 1 advanced assistance and 1 community mitigation project sub-application.
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.
ONE MILLION BVP VESTS: Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $393 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,197,348 as of December, 2014). BVP is a critical resource for state and local jurisdictions that saves lives. Based on data collected and recorded by BJA staff, in FY 2012, protective vests were directly attributable to saving the lives of at least 33 law enforcement and corrections officers, in 20 different states, an increase 13.7% over FY 2011. At least 14 of those life-saving vests had been purchased, in part, with BVP funds.
New: The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year (FY) BVP application funding period.
Documentation Requirement: Grantees are required to keep documentation to support the BVP vest application and payment requests for at least a three year period.
Other Federal Funds: Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds or other federal funding sources may not be used to pay for that portion of the bullet proof vest (50%) that is not covered by BVP funds. JAG or other federal funds may be used to purchase vests for an agency, but they may not be used as the 50% match for BVP purposes.
Recent BVP Program Body Armor Saves
Law enforcement officers face life-threatening perils every day. In two separate incidents in March 2015, officers in Ohio and New York were wounded by gunfire and survived after responding to reports of domestic violence and threats to use a firearm to harm others.
In a March 10 incident, officers from the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department entered a home and encountered a man who immediately began shooting at them. One officer was struck in the chest and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
On March 21, Orleans County, N.Y. sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene of the original incident after the suspect had left the area. He later crashed his car into a telephone pole in a nearby town and ran into a wooded area, where he began shooting at officers as they exited their patrol vehicles. A deputy was struck in the abdomen by two bullets. He received treatment for minor injuries and was later released from the hospital.
The survival of both officers is directly attributable to the ballistic-resistant vests they were wearing when they were shot. In both cases, the vests had been purchased, in part, with federal funds from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (http://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/).
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