Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 1

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

EMPG Grant Opportunities
Is your jurisdiction planning to submit an application for FY 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funds? If so, the deadline to submit a completed FY 2016 EMPG application package is January 31, 2016.

All jurisdictions are eligible as long as they meet the minimum requirements. States receive EMPG funding from the Department of Homeland Security and, in turn, pass it through to local governments to reimburse them for emergency management program expenses. States, including Texas, require local governments that wish to participate in the program to submit EMPG program applications that include a Statement of Work and a program budget. Download the Local Emergency Management Guide  on TDEM’s website for more information.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance
Recovery from the Memorial Day and October flood events continues in many counties across Texas. FEMA has opened disaster recovery centers in flood recovery counties as well as a joint field office in Austin to help the thousands of homeowners whose properties were damaged by the 2015 storms that spawned the worst flooding in years.

Centers typically are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. They are closed Sundays.

Affected residents can register online at  DisasterAssistance.gov  or by phone at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

America’s Health Rankings
The United Health Foundation released its 2015 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. First published in 1990, the Annual Report provides the longest-running state-by-state analysis of factors affecting the health of individuals and communities across America. It delivers an in-depth, trusted view into the status of America’s health that has been used by state and local public health leaders across the country to inform state health priorities and help transform health systems.

Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation (UHF) provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities.

The United Health Foundation was established by  UnitedHealth Group  in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, the United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world.

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