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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.

Funding Still Available – HazMat Grant Application Extended to Nov. 15, 2013

Funding Still Available – HazMat Grant Application Extended to Nov. 15, 2013

Considerable funding remains to be awarded

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.

Area Plans must be updated every 3 years in accordance with the CA Code of Regulations. Let TAIT help you with Compliance! TAIT also has experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Studies (Commodities Study). If you’re considering completing an eligible project and you’re looking for funding – please don’t miss this opportunity! The grant deadline is November 15, so the sooner we can help you get your applications submitted,  the better.

Circlular Chart for HMEP grants

2013-14 HMEP Planning Sub-Grant – Extended Deadline –
November 15, 2013

If anyone is need a planning grant, there’s still time.


This link 2013-14 Planning Sub-Grant Application Announcement_Extended is the Cal OES 2013-14 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Sub-Grant Application Announcement.

The guidance documents and all necessary forms are posted to the Cal OES web page

http://www.caloes.ca.gov/HazardousMaterials/Pages/HMEP-Grant.aspx.  Most products have been revised, so please use the most current information located on the Cal OES HMEP Grant web page.

Major points of interest:

  • Purpose of the HMEP Planning Grant:  Planning sub-grants are to be used for the funding of planning activities that enhance State, territory, Native American Indian tribe (tribe), and local preparedness for hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation incidents.
  • Eligible applicants: California’s Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs); state or local agencies; and federally recognized tribal governments that have not applied directly to the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding.
  • LEPC Coordination: Application packages must be coordinated through the LEPC for their approval and prioritization prior to Cal EMA acceptance.
  • Sub-Grant Performance Period: October 15, 2013 approx. December 15, 2013 to September 15, 2014.
  • Cal EMA Filing Deadline: August 15, 2013  November 15, 2013

The Sub-Grant Application Announcement was sent out originally in April, with a deadline in August which has now been extended to November 15th. Take advantage of the funding that is still availableContact Neverley Shoemake if you have any questions about the HMEP Grant cycle, and contact Scott Brehmer at TAIT for assistance ASAP. We are happy to help 🙂


Commodities Studies in California

Tait Environmental Services has experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Studies (Commodities Study) 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 a Commodities Study in your City/County.  Grants can be obtained through the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) program.  More information can be found at the CalEMA website at http://www.calema.ca.gov/. Email Paul McCarter now to discuss preparing your Commodities Study, or you can call him at 714-560-8612.

The Commodities Study is part of the overall HMEP Project Cycle that also includes Area Plans, Table Top Exercises, and Hazardous Materials Response Team Needs Assessment.

The purpose of a Commodities Study is to examine where, when, how much, and by what means chemicals are transported throughout a given county, region or jurisdiction.   The commodity study helps to analyze traffic patterns, better match planning programs to existing needs within communities, and reduce the potential for releasing incidents of hazardous materials to occur.

A Commodities Study becomes an important tool for emergency responders to increase awareness, mitigation, and response to hazardous materials emergencies within their respective regions.  A commodity study can also be used by local planning officials to demonstrate the risk mitigation potential and commodities involved in specific areas of the jurisdiction.

Commodities Studies are authorized under California Code of Regulation, Title 19, Division 2, Section 2720-2728.  Kern County’s Hazardous Materials Commodities Study  is an example of one that Tait created.

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