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Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Applications

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Applications

As you may be aware, the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant application period started in April 2015 and will be open for at least 60 days. Take a look at the sub-grant application announcement below concerning the grant application. This year there will be focus on the transportation of hazardous materials more specifically focusing on energy products such as crude oil, ethanol, and liquefied natural gas. The preparation of hazardous materials commodities flow studies is an important part of this scope of work.

U.S. Department of Transportation / Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (US DOT/PHMSA) 2015-2016 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant  Funding Priorities

Cal OES is developing the state’s 2015-16 HMEP Grant application, and anticipates releasing the associated Planning sub-grant application announcement in April 2015. The sub-grant application period will be open for at least 60 days. The following US DOT/PHMSA funding priorities will shape the upcoming Planning sub-grant solicitation and one or more should be addressed in the project objectives. When drafting applications, PHMSA encourages applicants to consider the following topics:
• Current risk involving transport of energy products such as crude oil, ethanol, and liquefied
natural gas (LNG);
• Current state of operational readiness/capability;
• Familiarity with bulk shippers’ emergency response plans/procedures;
• Available training resources (sources, accessibility, gaps in training); and
• Needs of emergency responders/public safety agencies
HMEP Planning sub-grant applicants are encouraged to allocate funding toward developing or revising emergency plans and exercise activities to account for bulk transportation of energy products by rail and over the road. Applicants are also encouraged to conduct commodity flow
studies or other HazMat transportation hazard analyses to determine the frequency and quantity of HazMat shipments being transported through local communities, and assessing the training needs of emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving bulk shipments of energy products as well as other hazardous materials.

At TAIT, we have experience in performing Flow Studies and documenting the results in a usable report format for both CUPAs and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs). In cooperation with your CUPA, we can determine the focus of the flow study, be it road, rail (including “oil-by-rail”), water, or air transport. Data obtained can be used for hazard identification, transport route designation, emergency response, and planning purposes. TAIT can work with you on the preparation of the application for the HMEP grants, should you decide to apply for one.

In coordination with you we can put together a comprehensive plan on completing a Flow Study that meets your local needs, including a focus on specific parts of your area where Hazmat transport is localized. Upon our initial your County/CUPA, we’ll consider and suggest a preliminary map of potential Highway Placard Study survey points. Additionally, we can perform Hazmat modeling using programs such as ALOHA and RMP Comp to help determine threat zones of various chemicals under specific conditions.

At TAIT, we are proud to have also prepared and updated Emergency Response Plans and Area Plans for CUPAs and for tribal entities through TERCs. Area Plans are used in the preparation of Emergency Operations/ Response Plans. Utilizing the information and procedures outlined in the Response Plans, we can provide table-top exercises covering a potential area-specific hazmat incident to test the validity of the plans.

We look forward to working with you on your projects. If you would like additional information and references on our past projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Paul N. McCarter, PG is a Senior Geologist/Senior Project Manager at TAIT Environmental Services, Inc. He can be reached directly at 714-560-8612 or pmccarter@tait.com. For more about TAIT, visit our website www.tait.com.

Tait Offers California Area Plans

Tait Environmental Services has extensive experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Area Plans (Area Plans) to meet the needs of individual CUPAs to respond to and minimize the impacts from a release or threatened release of hazardous materials  in their jurisdictions.

The November 15, 2012 late application deadline is quickly approaching to apply for grants to pay for an Area Plan in your City/County. Learn about the State of California’s Area Plan for HazMat Emergencies Program. Tait has more experience than just about anyone in California on this. Email Paul McCarter now to discuss preparing your Area Plan, or you can call him at 714-560-8612.

Area Plans consist of emergency response procedures, pre-emergency planning, notification and coordination, training, public safety and information, supplies and equipment, critique and follow up, and more. Area Plans utilize information from other related plans which deal with hazardous materials emergency response at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. They will integrate business plan information, HazMat incident response procedures manuals, public notification procedures and much, much more. A great deal of effort is expended in preparing a plan specific to your local area – both collecting new data about the Hazardous Materials being transported through your area – and pouring over existing procedures and collected data, to create an Area Plan that will allow you to implement it in the event of hazardous materials incident in your jurisdiction. The Area Plan will identify local, state, and federal responsibilities during incidents involving the release or threatened release of hazardous substances.

Area Plans are authorized under California Code of Regulation, Title 19, Division 2, Section 2720-2728.  Read the California Code of Regulations about Area Plans, and let us know if you have any questions. Kern County’s Area Plan is an example of one that Tait created.

Area Plans must be revised and updated on a continuous 3-year cycle. When was the last time your Area Plan was reviewed? Call us today and let’s start the process!

Here is a recommendation letter for Tait’s Area Plans:

Click here to get a list of Area Plan consultants from the CalEMA website












Are you going to the CUPA Conference? February 4-7, 2013, Tait will be on site to meet with the agencies, businesses and communities we serve.  Save the date and come see us at the conference! Contact us and we will schedule meeting time with you in advance.

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference this February