Water: Fed FUNDS
To obtain either federal or state disaster funding, utilities need to carefully and clearly document damage, response, repair, and mitigation actions, and formulate projects for reimbursement. Utilities should consider training for the following:
- Response staff to properly document the damage and repairs,
- Management to understand the types and requirements of the disaster funding programs,
- Accounting staff to track the correct types of information in the correct format, and
- Procurement staff to follow emergency procurement procedures.
Training can lessen the likelihood of errors or problems occurring, such as the need to go back and try to recreate the labor and repair logs required by a disaster funding program. Utilities can use Fed FUNDS to develop the above recommended training. For example, the "Currently in a Disaster?" button on the Fed FUNDS homepage provides key information and forms to document damage and repairs. Below are a few other training opportunities that may help utilities.
FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers several free on-line courses related to disaster funding and mitigating hazards:
Public Assistance Program Grant Training
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program Training
- IS-30 Mitigation eGrants for the Subgrant Applicants
- IS-212 Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance
- IS-393.a Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
- IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
FEMA's Independent Study Program also offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal.
EPA plans to conduct webinars on Fed FUNDS that will be posted here in the near future.