National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System

 

The purpose of this Readiness Cooperative Agreement is to support the continued development and maintenance of a national urban search and rescue capability among the 28 task forces within the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

This program supports Mission Area: Response, Mass Search and Rescue Operations, with the target of conducting search and rescue operations in order to locate and rescue persons in distress, based on the requirements of the state and local authorities. This program supports Presidential Policy Directive 8 – National Preparedness, designed to help guide the domestic efforts of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public to build and sustain the capabilities outlined in the national preparedness goal.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.025
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Developed, maintained, deployed, coordinated, and supported National Urban Search and Rescue resources on-scene to locate, provide initial medical treatment, and extricate victims of incidents requiring specialized search and rescue operations while simultaneously enhancing the US&R response capabilities of State and local governments. Fiscal Year 2015: To develop, maintain, deploy and support the National Urban Search and Rescue resources on-scene to locate, provide initial medical treatment, and extricate victims of incidents requiring specialized search and rescue operations while simultaneously enhancing the US&R response capabilities of State and local governments. Fiscal Year 2016: To develop, maintain, deploy and support the National Urban Search and Rescue resources on-scene to locate, provide initial medical treatment, and extricate victims of incidents requiring specialized search and rescue operations while simultaneously enhancing the US&R response capabilities of State and local governments.
Authorization
Homeland Security Act of 2002
, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 313(b)(2)(G).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only the 28 sponsoring agencies currently designated by FEMA as members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System are eligible for readiness and response cooperative agreements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Only the 28 sponsoring jurisdictions currently designated by FEMA as members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System are eligible for readiness and response cooperative agreements.
Credentials/Documentation
Only the 28 sponsoring jurisdictions currently designated by FEMA as members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System are eligible for readiness and response cooperative agreements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained within the yearly Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Award Procedure
Applications and budget plans are reviewed by FEMA US&R Branch and the Grant Programs Directorate. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the applicants prior to issuance of the award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30 - 60 days from time of submission.
Appeals
Refer to guidance posted on Grants.gov site.
Renewals
Not applicable - Annual applications must be submitted.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
State and local emergency management agencies may jointly develop one or more US&R Task Force(s), as defined in the National US&R Response System Operation Manual. Use of cooperative agreement funding is restricted to program management/administration, training, equipment acquisition, and storage and maintenance of equipment, to meet task force position criteria, and conduct and participate in meetings determined to benefit the National US&R Response System. Equipment acquisitions are limited to those included in FEMA's approved equipment cache list, including equipment for management/administration and other items approved by the FEMA US&R Branch. Training requirements as included in the Statement of Work, Training Program Administrative Manual and current US&R Program Directives. Refer to Funding Opportunity Announcement. State and local emergency management agencies may jointly develop one or more US&R Task Force(s), as defined in the National US&R Response System Operations Manual. Use of cooperative agreement funding is restricted to program management/administration, training, equipment acquisition, and storage and maintenance of equipment, to meet task force position criteria, and conduct and participate in meetings determined to benefit the National US&R Response System. Equipment acquisitions are limited to those included in FEMA’s approved equipment cache list, including equipment for management/administration and other items approved by the FEMA US&R Branch. Training requirements as included in the Statement of Work, Training Program Administrative Manual and current US&R Program Directives. Refer to Funding Opportunity Announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The following program reports are required: Semi-Annual Performance Reports, Annual Task Force Self-Evaluations, Annual Equipment Database CD. Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity, Appendix A – Statement of Work. Quarterly Financial Reports (SF-425). Semi-Annual Performance Reports, Annual Self-Evaluations. Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity, Appendix A – Statement of Work. Only for those recipients who are found to have a history of performance issues and noncompliance to aspects of the terms and conditions and/or scope of the Cooperative Agreement, per 2 CFR Part 200.205, 2 CFR Part 200.207 and 2 CFR Part 200.338. Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.
Records
Grant 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 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. N/A.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are subject to the Cash Award Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Assistance is released base on Program need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Catherine Deel 500 C Street, SW., Suite 214, Washington, District of Columbia 20472 Phone: (202) 646-3796
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0711-0-1-999.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $33,722,168; FY 15 est $33,872,296; and FY 16 est $27,668,400
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY2015: $1,154,582 - $1,312,082.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
44 CFR Part 208 – National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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