Earthquake Consortium

 

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is the Federal Government?s coordinated approach to addressing earthquake risks. In support of NEHRP, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the Earthquake State Assistance grant program which is designed to increase and enhance the effective implementation of earthquake risk reduction activities at the national, regional, state and local level, by making funding available through annual, non-competitive cooperative agreements. NEHRP implements the Department of Homeland Security and PPD-8 objective of hazard mitigation, to develop and maintain those capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of lives and property by lessening the impact of earthquakes. In an effort to provide eligible States and Territories with multiple funding and project management options, as well as allow for multi-state coordination of projects, the Earthquake State Assistance grant program utilizes two separate funding opportunities; Earthquake Direct State Assistance (EDSA) and Earthquake Consortia & Partner Support, (ECPS). The EDSA funding opportunity provides funding directly to those States and Territories that have been determined to be at a moderate to very high risk of earthquakes, and who can provide the statutory 25 percent cost share. They must also ensure that they have the staffing capacity to manage their anticipated level of involvement in FEMA-funded, NEHRP projects and activities. Funding is provided to eligible States and Territories through Cooperative Agreements that are administered by FEMA Regional earthquake program management staff. Allowable activities include: Development of seismic mitigation plans, preparing inventories and conducting seismic safety inspections of critical structures and lifelines, updating building codes, zoning codes, and ordinances to enhance seismic safety, increasing earthquake awareness and education, participation in emergency management exercises, and the promotion of earthquake insurance. The ECPS funding opportunity is designed to facilitate the development and management of National, regional and multi-state projects and activities. Funding is provided to Earthquake Consortia & Partners through a Cooperative Agreement and applied to projects and activities submitted to FEMA by Federal earthquake partners that are also non-profit organizations. These Cooperative Agreements are administered by FEMA Headquarters earthquake program management staff. Eligible Consortia and Partners include: Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), and the Applied Technology Council, (ATC). Allowable activities for each Applicant for this funding opportunity are determined by capability of individual Consortia and Partner and are specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.082
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Trainings in person and webinars, publications, inventorying of critical facilities, earthquake ShakeOut drills, National Earthquake Conference (occurs every 4 years), education and outreach presentations to schools, businesses, governments at all levels. Performed building inventory and rapid visual screenings for potential seismic hazards of two school districts in Missouri, including more than 31 school buildings. Coordinated screenings for two school districts in Missouri comprising 11 additional buildings; Great Central U.S. and Great SouthEeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 15, 2015. ShakeOut Earthquake Drills involve earthquake safety, mitigation, and planning activities as part of a national and worldwide initiative. The drills took place in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 5.5 Million people participating in the event. Activities included a coordinated outreach and media campaign including presentations, press releases, social media, newsletter, and billboard advertisement; Conducted Visual assessment of critical infrastructure in Wyoming state. The goal of the assessment is to pursue future mitigation actions to minimize the impact of an earthquake on critical infrastructure, particularly hospitals, schools, previously-identified shelter locations, and locations housing ambulance, fire and law enforcement response vehicles; Finalized plans for 2017 Arkansas Post-Disaster Building Inspection (INSPARK) regional training/workshop. Participants include building inspection teams from surrounding CUSEC states as well as observers from Oklahoma, FEMA and Mississippi; State of Nevada conducted URM verification in Clark County. The project allowed Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention to partner with the NEHRP funding through EERI (NEHRP was small part of the overall total cost of the project) in order to go out and do a verification of our initial rough list of URM buildings in unincorporated Clark County. The project was done by manual process. This information is available to both the State as well as Clark County in the updates of their hazard mitigation plans.
Fiscal Year 2017 Performed HAZUS Modeling and Analysis Support; Developed multiple earthquake risk awareness products including publications, signage, brochures and handouts; Supported nation-wide “ShakeOut” earthquake drill; Conducted training at annual National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) meeting; Conducted seismic assessments of critical facilities and lifelines; Supported the manufacture and distribution of non-structural mitigation devices; Created and aired Public Service Announcements; Supported the “Quake Cottage” program; Supported the QuakeSmart Summit and Leadership Workshop; and conducted the Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of schools in state of Missouri.
Fiscal Year 2019 Development of Seismic Mitigation Plans; Inventories and seismic safety inspections of critical structures and lifelines; Updating of building codes, zoning codes, and ordinances to enhance seismic safety; Activities to increase earthquake awareness and education; Support for the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP); Maintenance of the Earthquake Mitigation Center; Development of multi-state groups to support the goals of NEHREP.
Authorization
The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 2004, Public Law 108-360, 42 U.S.C. 7704(a)(2)(B)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Earthquake Direct State Assistance (EDSA) This funding opportunity is provided to those States and Territories that have been determined to be at a Moderate to Very High seismic risk as determined by the DHS, FEMA Program Office. Earthquake Consortia and Partner Support (ECPS) This funding opportunity is designed to facilitate the development and management of multi-State FEMA funded NEHRP projects and activities. Funding is provided to Earthquake Consortia and Partners through a Cooperative Agreement and applied to projects and activities submitted to FEMA by Federal earthquake partners including CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, SCEC, and ATC. These earthquake mitigation efforts include 1) delivering and increasing awareness and education; 2) developing policies, tools, and products; and 3) implementing programs or projects to support risk reduction and resilience activities from earthquakes.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible States and Territories with Moderate to Very High seismic risks as determined by the Program Office, and earthquake Consortia and Partners including CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, SCEC, and ATC.
Credentials/Documentation
Eligible States and Territories with Moderate to Very High seismic risks as determined by the Program Office, and CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, SCEC, and ATC. FEMA grants and cooperative agreements with educational and other non-profit organizations are governed by 2 CFR 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Preapplication coordination is required. FEMA has prepared a Record of Environmental Consideration for both funding opportunities that documents EHP compliance for the range of activities eligible for funding under this program pursuant to FEMA’s Instructions on Implementation of the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Responsibilities and Program requirements, FEMA Instruction 108-1-1.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Refer to official Notices of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
For costs associated with providing guidance, technology transfer, and assistance to States and local communities with earthquake and other hazard mitigation activities. This program is a cooperative agreement, non-competitive, and restricted to certain specialized/qualified organizations designated by FEMA. Funding may only be used for the purpose set forth in the cooperative agreement and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Cooperative agreement funds may not be used for matching funds for other federal grants / cooperative agreements, or for lobbying or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, federal funds may not be used to sue the federal government or any other government entity. All financial and progress reports must be current at the time of application. Refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Auditing
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year. For additional information regarding audit requirements, refer to program guidance.
Records
Cooperative Agreement records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Title Chapter Part Subpart Public Law : Additional Information: Indirect costs are allowable only if the applicant has an approved indirect cost rate with the cognizant Federal agency. A copy of the approved rate (a fully executed, agreement negotiated with the applicant’s cognizant federal agency) is required at the time of application. Indirect costs will be evaluated as part of the application for Federal funds to determine if allowable and reasonable. Specifically, grantees should apply the training indirect cost rate (when it is available) or the “offsite” indirect cost rate (when a training rate is not available). The full organized research negotiated rate should not be applied to these training awards. Written exceptions will be made in rare cases upon request and with adequate justification. FEMA will work closely with the grantee to determine the appropriateness of indirect costs for the type of activity and location proposed in the application, in accordance with the negotiated indirect cost rates approved by the grantee’s cognizant federal agency.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 12 months for Earthquake Direct State Assistance (EDSA) awards, and up to 18 Months for Earthquake Consortia and Partner Support (ECPS), from Date of Award. Extensions to the period of performance will be considered only through formal requests to FEMA and will only be granted for specific and compelling reasons. All extension requests must be submitted to FEMA at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the grant period of performance. Any unobligated funds will be de-obligated at the end of the 90 day close-out period. For more information on Extensions and how assistance is awarded/released, refer to the official Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov. Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region I (Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont) Paul Morey 99 High Street, 6th Floor Boston, MA 02110 Email: paul.morey@fema.dhs.gov Office: (617) 956-7628 Region II (New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) Jos'e A. Lebron One World Trade Center, 52 Floor Mail Room New York, New York 10007 Email: jose.lebron@fema.dhs.gov Office: (202) 805-7712 Region III (Virginia) Darlene Messina 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 1307 New York, NY 10278-0001 Email: darlene.messina@fema.dhs.gov Office: (215) 873-5303 Region IV (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) Noriko Kibble 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road Atlanta, Georgia 30341 Email: noriko.kibble@fema.dhs.gov Office: 770-220-8870 Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) Daniel Ryan 536 South Clark Street Chicago, IL 60605 Email: daniel.p.ryan@fema.dhs.gov Office: (312) 408-4432 Region VI (Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Bart Moore Federal Regional Center 800 North Loop 288 Denton, TX 76209 Email: bart.moore@fema.dhs.gov Office: (940) 898-5363 Region VII (Missouri) Cheickh Koma 11224 Holmes Rd Kansas City, MO 64131 Email: Cheickh.koma@fema.dhs.gov Office: (816) 283-7067 Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming) Sean McGowan Denver Federal Center, Building 710A Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: sean.mcgowan@fema.dhs.gov Office: 303-235-4681 Region IX (American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Marianas) Anne Rosinski 1111 Broadway Oakland, California 94607 Email: anne.rosinski@fema.dhs.gov Office: (510) 627-7172) Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) Amanda Siok 130 228th Street, SW Bothell, Washington 98021 Email: amanda.siok@fema.dhs.gov Office: (425) 487-4626
Headquarters Office
G. David Javier
400 C Street, SW

Washington, DC 20009 US
Gabriele.Javier@fema.dhs.gov
Phone: (202) 646-4037

Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), FEMA Jonathan Foster
400 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20009 USA
Jonathan.Foster@fema.dhs.gov
Phone: (202) 212-7852
Website Address
https://www.fema.gov/building-science
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0711-0-1-453
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$3,430,900.00; FY 19 est $3,590,575.00; FY 20 est $3,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to the official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov by year for actual target allocations by program by eligible applicant.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
1. Authorizing Authority for the Program. Public Law 115-307, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018. The specific authority to implement the Direct State Assistance funding opportunity through the use of Cooperative Agreements comes from 42 U.S. Code 7704(a)(2)(B) and (b) (2) (a) (iv) National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Appropriation Authority for Program: The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law No. 116- 6), Title III, FEMA, OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT, paragraph 1 Other Financial Authority. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Also, refer to the official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov for additional policies. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Also, refer to the official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov for additional policies.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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