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HS Exercises 2017

Grants to Wisconsin County and Tribal Government
Agencies for Emergency Response Planning

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Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs - Division of Emergency Management

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Grants to Wisconsin country and tribal emergency management offices to develop, design, conduct, and evaluate exercises in order to test emergency response plans and capabilities. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying.

Allowable exercise costs include travel/training, supplies and operating expenses, and consultants/contractors.

Recipients and sub recipients shall use their own procurement standards and regulations, provided that the procurement conforms to applicable Federal law and the standards identified in the Procurement Standards Sections of 2 CFR §§ 200.318-326.

Exercises are a key element of Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Strategy to improve emergency responder capabilities. Exercises assist agencies in achieving objective assessments of their response capabilities and help identify areas needing improvement prior to a real incident. Exercises also inform local and statewide planning activities by highlighting needs for future resource allocation. Homeland Security exercise grants are intended to support a statewide exercise program through direct support to tribes, counties and state agencies.

All exercises shall follow the state’s current Homeland Security strategy.

Due to limited funds, applicants must first make use of WEM exercise officers and/or local agency expertise when developing and conducting exercises. When WEM exercise officers are not available to assist with the development and execution of the exercise event, grant funds may be used to hire contractors/consultants to manage exercise development, execution, evaluation and completion of after-action reports (AARs). Every effort should be made to maximize grant dollars through the coordination of participating agency resources.

If using contractors or consultants, these individuals must be trained in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), and must present evidence that they have prior success in performing the type of exercises they are being contracted to deliver.

An important goal of exercises is to train and test the connections and coordination among local, regional, state and federal emergency response partners. In consultation with WEM, sub-grantees will include all appropriate partners in the exercise, including mutual aid partners, private sector whole community partners, state agencies, and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), when appropriate to the scenario and scope of the exercise. It is the expectation of WEM that applicants would be willing to include the SEOC in the exercise to test connections between county and state agencies.

WEM encourages the inclusion of a State Emergency Operations Center element in all exercises that are funded with these grant funds.

WEM also encourages the inclusion of a WI-CAMS state credentialing system element in all exercises that are funded with these grants. If it is the intent of the applicant to include this element it should be so noted and described in the “Implementation Plan” section of the application.

Note: WEM will award 1 point for the inclusion of a WI-CAMS element in an exercise which will be applied toward the total application score which in turn is used to determine award eligibility.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177198

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Term of Contract:

The Projects Start Date is February 1, 2018. The Project End Date is December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

County or tribal emergency management offices are the only eligible applicants.

Overtime and backfill is as not an eligible expense.

All expenses must be new and cannot replace existing state or local government funding. Substitution of existing funds with federal grants (supplanting) will be the subject of monitoring and audit. Violations may result in a range of penalties, including suspension of current and future funds under this program, suspension or debarment from federal grants, repayment of monies provided under a grant, and civil and/or criminal penalties.

Pre-Application Information:

The federal government now requires a DUNS number as part of the grant application to keep track of how federal grant money is awarded and dispersed. WEM cannot award grant funds until an active DUNS number is provided.

Applicants interested in applying for an exercise grant must first contact Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) to be assigned an exercise officer who will help determine the appropriate scope and expenses for the requested exercise.

Applicants must first make use of WEM exercise officers and/or local agency expertise when developing and conducting exercises. Contact must be made with Gary Wieczorek and/or his designee at WEM to ascertain the availability/assignment of WEM’s exercise officers.

Applications must be submitted through Egrants on or before December 18, 2017

Important Dates:
-Application Due Date: December 18, 2017
-Project Start Date: February 1, 2018
-Project End Date: December 31, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register on Egrants to apply:

Michael Jordan
(608) 242-3335

Rebecca Thompson
(608) 242-3236

Egrants Assistance:
(608) 242-3231

For more information regarding WEM exercise officers, contact:
Gary Wieczorek

For more information regarding the WI-CAMS credentialing system, contact:

Department of Military Affairs
2400 Wright Street
PO Box 786
Madison WI 53707-7865

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USA: Wisconsin