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File #: 20-0897    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/22/2020 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/9/2020 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Grant application for the 2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Grant through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) for Swift Water and Flood Rescue Teams.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JUNE 3, 2020

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of a Grant application for the 2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Grant through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) for Swift Water and Flood Rescue Teams.
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ISSUE: Consideration of a grant application for the 2020 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to fund water rescue equipment and training to meet minimum equipment capabilities and training standards established for State (Regional) Swift Water and Flood Rescue Teams.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Authorize the acceptance of a Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Teams grant for $30,000; and

(2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The State Homeland Security Program is a grant program run by VDEM. The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is one of the six grant programs in the FEMA grant system. This year's State Homeland Security Program may allot additional funding for regional swift water and flood rescue teams. The Alexandria Fire Department is part of a regional state team. The NOVA Team is made up of the water rescue programs from the City of Fairfax, Arlington County, and Alexandria Fire Departments. Funds for the program are provided by the National Preparedness Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Homeland Security Grant Program.

This grant has a two-year window for utilization beginning in October of 2020, ending in June 2022. The monies are preliminarily set to fund personal protective equipment, a swift water rescue boat trailer, and team training, to meet a minimum equipment and training standard to be established by VDEM.

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