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.