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 Consortium and State Support (ECSS) program which
is designed to increase and enhance the effective implementation of earthquake risk reduction activities at the 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 ECSS program utilizes two separate funding opportunities; Direct State Assistance and Earthquake Consortia & Partner Support.



The Direct State Assistance 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 have certified that they can meet the statutory 50 percent cash match requirement.

They must also ensure that they who 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.

Eligible 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, and encouraging the development of multi-State groups for such purposes

The Earthquake Consortia and Partner Support funding opportunity is designed to facilitate the development and management of 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 eligible States, Territories and other Federal earthquake partners.

These Cooperative Agreements are administered by FEMA Headquarters earthquake program management staff.

Eligible Consortia and Partners include: the 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).

Eligible activities for this funding opportunity are determined by capability of individual Consortia and Partner and are specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - None.

Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee) Noriko Boston 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road Atlanta, Georgia 30341 Email: Noriko.boston@fema.dhs.gov Office: 770-220-8870 Region 6 (Oklahoma) Bart Moore 800 North Loop 288 Denton, Texas 76209 Email: bart.moore@fema.dhs.gov Office: 940-898-5363 Region 8 (Colorado, Utah) Sean McGowan Denver Federal Center, Building 710A Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: sean.mcgowan@fema.dhs.gov Office: 303-235-4681 Region 9 (Arizona, California, Nevada) Michael Hornick 1111 Broadway Oakland, California 94607 Email: michael.hornick@fema.dhs.gov Office: 510-627-7260 Region X (Oregon) Tamra Biasco 130 228th Street, SW Bothell, Washington 98021 Email: tamra.biasco@fema.dhs.gov Office: 425-487-4645.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Federal Alliance For Safe Homes - Flash, Inc. $ 450,000   2012-09-302014-04-01
University Of Southern California $ 300,000   2012-09-302014-04-01
Alabama, State Of $ 47,007   2012-07-262014-03-31
Military And Veterans Affairs, Alaska Department Of $ 0   2012-10-012014-02-28
Central Us Earthquake Consortium $ 550,000   2012-08-012013-07-31
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute $ 565,000   2012-08-012013-07-31
Western States Seismic Policy Council $ 250,000   2012-08-012013-07-31
Northeast States Emergency Consortium $ 200,000   2012-08-012013-07-31
Emergency Management, Arkansas Division Of-$ 27,182   2011-09-072013-01-21
Military, Oregon Department Of $ 57,282   2011-06-162012-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 2018: 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.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

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.

Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS/FEMA and such costs must be reflected in the award agreement.

All financial and progress reports must be current at the time of application.

Refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The purpose of this funding is to support the earthquake mitigation efforts of States and Territories with Moderate to Very High seismic risk as determined by the Program Office, and the earthquake mitigation efforts of earthquake Consortia and Partners including CUSEC, NESEC, WSSPC, CREW, EERI, FLASH, SCEC, and ATC.

These 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 earthquake and other hazards.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedures

Refer to official Notices of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 2004, Public Law 108-360, 42 U.S.C 7704(a)(2)(B).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: This program has no matching requirements. 1. The Consortia and Partner Support component of the program has no matching requirement. No cost matching requirement for non-profit organizations. 2. The Direct State Assistance component of the program has a 50% Cost Match requirement. Statutory Formula: This funding opportunity must follow FEMA regulations, CFR Title 44, Section 361.4 (b)(4) ? Matching Contributions, which states ?For the fourth and subsequent fiscal years, full cost sharing will be implemented, requiring a minimum of a 50 percent non-Federal contribution to a State program, with this share required to be cash. In-kind matching will no longer be acceptable. Thus, every dollar FEMA provides to a State must be matched by one dollar from the State.? This program has no MOE requirements. See funding agency for further details. 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. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. 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.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 18 Months 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, refer to the official Funding Opportunity Announcement or Program Guidance on Grants.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Refer to official Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Audits

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. 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. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0711-0-1-453.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $3,278,500; FY 17 est $3,460,501; and FY 18 est $3,500,000

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. Direct State Assistance component: The authority for FEMA NEHRP to implement and operate a program of assistance to states to become more resilient to earthquake hazards comes from 42 U.S. Code 7704 (b) (2) (B) National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Specific details are provided below. The specific authority to implement the Direct State Assistance funding opportunity through the use of Cooperative Agreements comes from 42 U.S. Code 7704 (b) ((2) (A) (ix). National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Consortia and Partner Support component. Sections (a)(2)(B) and (b)(2)(A)(iii) of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (42 U.S.C. 7704). 2. Appropriation Authority for the Program. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017, Pub. L. No. 115-31, which authorizes under FEMA Operations & Support ?[f] or necessary expenses [of FEMA]? ?including activities authorized by the? ?Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.)?. Emphasis added 3. 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee) Noriko Boston 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road Atlanta, Georgia 30341 Email: Noriko.boston@fema.dhs.gov Office: 770-220-8870 Region 6 (Oklahoma) Bart Moore 800 North Loop 288 Denton, Texas 76209 Email: bart.moore@fema.dhs.gov Office: 940-898-5363 Region 8 (Colorado, Utah) Sean McGowan Denver Federal Center, Building 710A Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: sean.mcgowan@fema.dhs.gov Office: 303-235-4681 Region 9 (Arizona, California, Nevada) Michael Hornick 1111 Broadway Oakland, California 94607 Email: michael.hornick@fema.dhs.gov Office: 510-627-7260 Region X (Oregon) Tamra Biasco 130 228th Street, SW Bothell, Washington 98021 Email: tamra.biasco@fema.dhs.gov Office: 425-487-4645.

Headquarters Office

G. David Javier 400 C Street, SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20009 Email: Gabriele.Javier@fema.dhs.gov Phone: 202-646-4037

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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