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Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program


The purpose of the FY 2011 EMPG Program is to make grants to states to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).  Title VI of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions.  The federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, and guidance, and provides necessary assistance, as authorized in this title so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists for all hazards. 

Eligible Applicants

The SAA or the state’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) was the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for EMPG Program funds on behalf of state and local emergency management agencies, however only one application was accepted from each state or territory.  All 56 states and territories, as well as the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia, were eligible to apply for FY 2011 EMPG Program funds. 

Program Awards

FY 2011 EMPG Program allocation methodology dictates that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico received a base amount of 0.75 percent (.75%) of the total available grant funding.  Four territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) received a base amount of 0.25 percent (.25%) of the total available grant funding.  The balance of EMPG Program funds were distributed on a population-match basis.  Pursuant to Article X of the Federal Programs and Services Agreement of the Compact of Free Association authorized by Public Law 108-188, funds were available for the Federated States of Micronesia, and for the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

EMPG has a 50 percent federal and 50 percent state cost share, cash or in-kind match requirement.

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Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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