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November 11, 20220

Are you looking to fund an outdoor warning sirens or another mass notification systems project? Here is the starting point.

FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance funding eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses.

“Hazard mitigation” is any sustainable action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from future disasters.

Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future.

Alternative Cost-Effectiveness Methodology

On Oct. 7, 2022, FEMA announced an increase in program accessibility for communities for the fiscal year 2022 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program application cycle.

This increased support will benefit underserved communities with challenges meeting the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) requirement when accessing funding through Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

The fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) grant application period for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant programs opened on Sept. 30, 2022, and closes at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 27, 2023.

Find Funding for Hazard Mitigation


Which Best Describes Your Project?

  • Rebuilding my community after a major disaster in a way that reduces future disaster losses.
    • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (HMGP)
  • Reducing the risk of flood damage to NFIP-insured buildings.
    • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
  • Helping my community reduce risks from future disasters and natural hazards.
    • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
  • Making my community more resilient after a wildfire disaster.
    • HMGP Post-Fire Assistance
  • Implementing one of the 68 Congressional Community Projects that prioritize sustainable & cost-effective measures to reduce risk and/or reliance on federal disaster funding.
    • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
FEATURED RESOURCE

Access resources to help interpret federal statutes, regulations and best practices about mitigation strategies.

https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation-assistance-guidance

Contact HQE Systems, Inc. for additional information on accessing grant funding for your organization.

Source: FEMA.gov

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand-agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the ideal budget.  HQE can provide full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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November 11, 20220

To all those who have served, thank you for your service. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we are honored to have the opportunity to serve our veteran community. From all of us at HQE Systems, Inc. Thank you!

 

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing full solutions for: Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand-agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself in providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses over 30+ factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the ideal budget.  HQE can provide full design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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September 22, 20220

Preparing to Apply


  1. Determine whether your organization was previously assigned a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number when applying for federal assistance; the numeric DUNS system was phased out of use on April 4, 2022 and replaced by the alphanumeric Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) system.
    • If your organization was previously assigned a DUNS Number, it has been replaced by a new UEI value. Login to sam.gov to check your new UEI.
    • If your organization has not previously applied for federal assistance, move on to Step 2 below; you will automatically be assigned a UEI when registering in sam.gov.
  2. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register in the System for Award Management at sam.gov; your organization will be assigned a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) once registered.
  3. Register with grants.gov
  4. Create an account with FEMA’s Non-Disaster Grants Management System (ND Grants)
  5. Review details on each of the Preparedness Grant Programs to determine which grant(s) is the best fit for your organization.

Resources

For more details, please view the Preparedness Grants Manual and the Appendix H: Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

Visit SAM.gov and grants.gov to register.

Credit: FEMA

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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing complete solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself on providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the lowest budget.  HQE can provide complete design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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September 19, 20220

Be Aware of Hazards


  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Fire
  • Electrocution

Safety Tips


Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the generator.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Do not assume that you are safe. Carbon monoxide from generators is completely colorless and odorless, so you won’t know if it’s there. It could kill your family and your pets.
  • Do not use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces- including homes, garages, and crawl spaces – even those areas with partial ventilation.
  • Do not operate near open doors and windows. Using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home.
  • Install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to alert you of dangerous levels. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended placement.

​​​​​​​Electrocution or electric shock

  • Always connect the generator to appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Hooking up your generator directly into your home power supply could increase the voltage or could cause a surge to the outside power lines and potentially injure or electrocute an unaware utility lineman. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices. Connecting the generator to your home could cause a surge in electricity that might result in injury or death to yourself or your family.
  • Use a qualified electrician to install the appropriate equipment in accordance with local electrical codes or ask your utility company to install an appropriate power transfer switch.

​​​​​​​Fire

  • Keep your generator outside and fuel your generator outside.
  • Do not store the fuel for your generator in your house. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers.
  • Do not store fuel near a fuel-burning appliance, for example, a gas stove.
  • If the fuel is spilled or the container is not sealed properly, invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the appliance’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline or other flammable liquids spilled on hot engine parts could ignite, and invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the generator’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches in the appliance.

​​​​​​​Resources for additional information about generators and carbon monoxide:


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HQE Systems, Inc.   |   HQE is a FEMA Certified Minority-Owned Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing complete solutions for Mass Notification Systems, Electronic Security Systems, Software Development Services, Contract Support, and Prototyping Services.  As a brand agnostic solutions provider, HQE prides itself on providing the BEST solution for the project.  HQE possesses factory certifications and reseller licenses to ensure our clients receive the highest quality service at the lowest budget.  HQE can provide complete design, installation, integrations, upgrades, and long-term maintenance support for any size and scope project.

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December 13, 20210

 

Tornado outbreak of December 10–11, 2021 - Wikipedia

December 10-11 2021 tornado map.  The areas that were affected by the tornado were: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Release Date:
December 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Kentucky today where they were briefed by local and commonwealth officials and held a media briefing with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

The tour allowed Criswell and Mayorkas to see the tornado destruction firsthand and meet with first responders and emergency management officials conducting operations throughout the state. They toured areas of Graves and Marshall counties, also seeing the destroyed Mayfield Consumer Products factory.

“To all of the people of Kentucky, my heart goes out to each and every one of you who have experienced the tragic events from these tornadoes,” said Administrator Criswell. “I want you to know that the nation, your country, is praying with you. We’ve been seeing the pictures of this, but standing there in these communities, you don’t get that feeling from a picture. When you stand in one direction and look and see all of the devastations and then just turn to your right and all of the devastations around you, you can’t understand how this has impacted these communities until you’re there,” she continued.  “That’s why it’s so important to be here to see it for myself, so we can make sure that we’re providing the right level of assistance to help with your response and your ongoing recovery.”

Criswell added that FEMA still will be working with the commonwealth on all their long-term recovery needs as these communities start to rebuild.

For additional photos from today’s tour visit FEMA’s DVIDS page.

Men and Women Talking in a circle

BENTON, Ky. — Kentucky Emergency Management Director Mike Dossett (center) briefs DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (left) and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell (right) as they begin touring damage throughout the area.

A man pointing at a board in from a woman, a man and another man

BENTON, Ky. — Local Marshall County incident commander briefs DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas (center) and Administrator Criswell, showing a satellite image of the tornado’s path.

A man and Woman speaking outside

 

MAYFIELD, Ky. — Louisville Emergency Management Director E.J. Meiman and Administrator Criswell discuss response operations near the Mayfield Consumer Products factory that was destroyed by a tornado late Friday.


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October 14, 20200

Every moment counts in an emergency, so getting help should be as simple as dialing 911. In Kari Hunt Dunn’s case, that phone call proved impossible — her hotel room didn’t allow guests to directly dial emergency services. As Dunn’s estranged husband attacked her in 2013, her young daughter made several attempts to call authorities for help. None went through because she didn’t first dial “9” for an outside line.

But a new federal law will make a difference for the next victim. Kari’s Law requires multi-line phone systems to have a default configuration that enables users to dial 911 directly. While the law doesn’t require mass notification, it highly recommends organizations deploy on-site notification – which automatically sends alerts to executives and on-site emergency responders – if the communications solution in place supports it.

As a result, government agencies, universities and K-12 schools need to be sure their communications solutions comply with the law. Although many legacy phone systems don’t have this functionality, today’s communications technology offers a robust and easily installed solution at a reasonable cost.

To help with your planning, here’s an overview of two technologies – on-site notification and mass notification – and how they can make your school community and government offices safer.

On-site notification

On-site notification keeps the people in your care safer by automatically notifying first responders of an emergency, getting trained assistance to the right people in less time.

Executives can notify staff and on-site police and security as soon as someone dials 911. Alerts include the name, extension number and exact location of the caller. This is especially important in large government buildings and school campuses. Simultaneous notification allows the right people to respond immediately in an appropriate and unified manner. The system’s built-in messaging even allows text communications to be sent from desktops, further enhancing a timely and coordinated response.

Currently only a recommendation, on-site notification will likely become required in the future. In fact, this technology is already available and affordable with new communications technology solutions. As legacy phone systems reach the end of their lifespans, more organizations are sure to adopt this feature.

Finally, integrating your emergency notification system with door locks removes the need to physically lock doors, providing increased protection in an instant. Staffers can initiate a lockdown or lockout from any type of phone.

Mass notification

The technology that underlies onsite notifications systems – intelligent mass notification – offers additional safety features. Most importantly, governments and schools can quickly deliver critical information to an entire community or relevant subgroup when emergencies arise. The technology is also versatile. For example, administrators can use a variety of channels and devices to send alerts.


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