MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County will receive $54,633 in federal grant money to support planning and operational readiness for any type of disaster the county may experience.
The grant was announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the money can be used for items ranging from development and implementation of training and exercises to acquiring emergency response resources.
“Whether its fighting against an invisible enemy like COVID-19, or helping communities withstand the dangers of extreme weather, local governments play a critical role in emergency management and we need to make every effort to support our local partners and help ensure they have the resources they need to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said. “With this funding in hand, our local partners will now be better positioned to protect the communities they serve no matter what this new reality throws at us.”
In order to access the funding, local awardees must develop projects or initiatives which strengthen their own readiness and response capabilities to address all hazards.
Projects should also focus on addressing any efforts identified by FEMA as needing national improvement. This includes logistics and distribution management planning, evacuation planning, disaster financial management, catastrophic disaster housing and resilient communications.
Funding can be used to support: Management and Administration activities; Planning; Staffing for Emergency Management Agencies;
Equipment; Training and Exercises; Construction and Renovation of Emergency Operations Centers; and Maintenance and Sustainment of GIS and interoperable communications systems.
Cattaraugus County has been awarded $34,567.