NEI Produces Grant Application Handbook for Emergency Management Coordinators

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The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), working with its member companies, has produced a handbook to help first responders and other organizations navigate the intricacies of the federal government's grant process. State emergency management coordinators across the nation have received the handbook at no charge. The 109-page NEI Grant Application Handbook provides step-by-step guidance that will help local organizations seek a combined $6 billion-plus in emergency response funds available this year and next from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"The nuclear industry already has a close working relationship with state and local authorities on broad emergency preparedness issues. We developed this handbook because we saw a need to help first responders navigate the complexities of the grant proposals for federal funding," said Alan Nelson, NEI's chief of emergency preparedness. "It is in the national interest that emergency management specialists receive adequate funding to fulfill their responsibilities. We want to help people like local fire chiefs and first responders move through the process as efficiently as possible."

Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, various grant programs were created to assist firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and police as part of the overall effort to increase the preparedness and response capabilities of localities. …