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Press Release: City offering $100K for local businesses and groups for disaster prep

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Ray Gross, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
253.835.2712

City offering $100K for local businesses and groups for disaster prep

The City of Federal Way is offering $100,000 in matching funds to local groups and organizations to better prepare for emergencies and major disasters. The money comes from the $1.5 million allocated by the 2007 City Council for new emergency management activities in the wake of the crippling December 2006 windstorm. Other emergency preparedness work the City has completed with that funding include:
  • New snow plows and sanders
  • New dump trucks
  • City’s own radio station (AM 900) for emergency broadcasts
  • Generator for the Federal Way Community Center (designated emergency shelter)
  • Backup power for traffic lights at 30 key intersections
Eligible groups

Businesses, faith-based groups, and non-profit organizations that are located out of or operate within city limits.

Eligible projects

Applicants should explain how their proposed project will enhance emergency preparedness in their organization as well as the community as a whole. Grant funding is split into three categories:

  • Emergency shelters, $60,000. Priority will be given to projects aimed at aiding vulnerable populations in an emergency by providing shelter facilities, warming/cooling centers or developing or enhancing the applicant’s ability to shelter in place (thereby freeing up more resources for others).
  • Overall emergency preparedness efforts, $25,000. Contribute to improving the community’s overall preparedness efforts by obtaining emergency supplies and equipment, conducting a preparedness fair, producing and distributing emergency preparedness materials and other efforts.
  • Emergency communications or notification systems, $15,000. Improvement of applicant’s emergency communications or notification systems such as amateur radio, National Weather Service all-hazards radios, etc

Grant criteria

Applications for the one-time grants must be postmarked by April 30 and awards will be made on May 15. Work must be completed by May 2010. A five percent match is required. The minimum amount awarded to any one organization will be $2,000 with a maximum award of $40,000. Applications will be reviewed by selected representatives from the Greater Federal Way Emergency Management Program (City of Federal Way, Federal Way Public Schools, Lakehaven Utility District, and South King Fire & Rescue).

Allowable expenses
  • Printing and reproduction costs
  • Mail and postage costs
  • Equipment purchase and/or rental
  • Supplies and training materials
  • Hiring contractors or consultants to perform work eligible under the grant

Non-allowable expenses
  • Overtime costs
  • No funds may be used to replace or supplant local government funding of existing projects

Attend an information session on March 31

The City is holding an information session on its emergency preparedness grant program at 1:30 p.m. on March 31 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S. Applications may be downloaded from www.cityoffederalway.com under the Forms and Applications link in the Quick Links section. For more information or to have an application sent to you, contact Ray Gross, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator, 253.835.2712 or ray.gross@cityoffederalway.com.
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