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Prepare for wildfire season by being Firewise and registering for WarnCentralTexas

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Emergency management and fire officials and local advocates urged Central Texas residents to prepare for the 2019 wildfire season, which started in May, by staying aware of their wildfire risk, actively mitigating dangers, and being prepared to act. Residents can accomplish these tasks by becoming a Firewise USA Community and registering at WarnCentralTexas.org to get emergency alerts from local public safety personnel by text message, cellphone call, or email.

“We like to say that wildfires are everyone’s fight in Central Texas,” said Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department wildfire mitigation officer. “Taking simple steps can ensure your home doesn’t ignite during a wildfire such as keeping debris from your gutters and trimming your trees to eliminate dead wood and leaf litter… and heeding the warnings you receive through WarnCentralTexas.”

WarnCentralTexas is a free public service provided by the Capital Area Council of Governments in conjunction with the region’s cities and counties for individuals living, working or visiting Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson counties. The system allows emergency responders to send hyper-local, targeted emergency messages to people in specific neighborhoods or streets, which can include evacuation or shelter-in-place instructions.

Kari Hines, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, speaks with Will Boettner, Travis County Fire Marshall Office’s fire education outreach coordinator, about the wildfire season. The wildfire forecast state wildfires have a higher probability of being worse later in the summer. (photo by Connie Odom/Williamson County)

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program encourages neighbors to work together to prevent losses that could be caused by wildfires. “We know wildfires are increasing in number and intensity,” said Randall Jamieson, a River Place neighborhood Firewise Community leader. Because of the Firewise USA Program, River Place residents have educated and motivated themselves to take their own risk-reduction actions and to know what parts of the neighborhood could serve as firebreaks or as a wildfire refuge to ensure their safety if an evacuation or shelter-in-place scenario is needed.

“Being a Firewise Community means being informed and taking action,” said Joyce Statz, Austin Firewise Alliance president. The alliance runs a quarterly in-depth training for community leaders to better understand how to make their neighborhoods more resilient against wildfires. Education and participation play big roles, she said, noting that a community event to clear brush can go a long way. Residents from all communities are welcome to learn from the alliance.

Kari Hines, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, said this year’s wildfire risk is going to increase later in summer because of the higher than average amount of rain the area has received: increased rains lead to more vegetation and provide more fuel for wildfires.

“You need to keep yourself as informed as possible,” said Will Boettner, Travis County Fire Marshall Office’s fire education outreach coordinator. “The best way to do that is to be tapped into the WarnCentralTexas system. Remember when green grass gets tall, it burns twice as tall.”

> Get Alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org.
> Learn about becoming a Firewise USA Community.
> Help promote WarnCentralTexas.org
> Read about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

CAPCOG Homeland Security Director, Martin Ritchey, tell residents how signup for alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org could save lives.CAPCOG Homeland Security Director, Martin Ritchey, tell residents how signup for alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org could save lives.

Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program seeks bus projects

Monday, May 13, 2019
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program is accepting applications for the first round of funding with more than $58 million available for projects to replace or repower school buses, transit buses, and shuttle buses. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any person or entity who operates school buses, transit buses, or shuttle buses, with at least 51 percent of the buses’ annual mileage in one of the priority areas may be eligible to apply for a grant. Areas include:

  • Austin Area: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties 
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties 
  • Bell County
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties 
  • El Paso County 
  • Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties 
  • San Antonio Area: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson counties 

An eligible bus must be powered by a diesel engine and may be replaced or repowered with a new all-electric, diesel, or alternative fuel vehicle or engine. In addition:

  • School buses include a bus with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 14,001 pounds or greater and which is intended to carry students to and from school and related events. 
  • Transit and shuttle buses include a bus with a GVWR of 14,001 pounds or greater and which carry passengers on routes within a city or defined regional area. 

Informational workshops will be held throughout the month of May.

> Get the workshop schedule.
> Contact TxVEMP staff at 833-215- 8989 or VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov with questions.

CAPCOG increases location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 callers

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The CAPCOG Emergency Communications Division has installed new RapidSOS software at nearly all the 10-county region’s public safety answering points (PSAPs) to enhance the ability for emergency telecommunicators to pinpoint a caller’s location. During testing, the mapping technology produced a significantly more accurate location than traditional 9-1-1 location services.

“This technology upgrade gives a better chance of dispatching emergency services directly to a caller’s location even if the caller doesn’t know where they are,” said Melissa Reynolds, CAPCOG 9-1-1 operations coordinator. “This can save responders time and ultimately lead to saving lives.”

RapidSOS’s region-wide implementation in April provides emergency telecommunicators an additional source of caller location information. Telecommunicators still receive carrier-based cell tower location information when a 9-1-1 call is received, but now they see an additional dot on the map when a RapidSOS enabled device places the call. RapidSOS uses a cellphone's GPS if the phone is running iOS12, Android 4 or a higher version of the operating systems on a compatible device to send its location. However, RapidSOS is a best-effort service and may not be available for every 9-1-1 call placed.

CAPCOG has integrated the software with its 9-1-1 call mapping system at every PSAP except those using their own mapping systems — Austin-Travis County Combined Transportation and Emergency Communications Center, Williamson County Emergency Communications and the Round Rock 9-1-1 Center. Those agencies use a web-based version of the tool. Despite having the more accurate location information, CAPCOG continues to train emergency telecommunicators that the most accurate location information often comes from multiple sources, with the best location usually coming directly from the caller.

> Learn more about the Emergency Communications Division.

Air Quality Program holds energy efficiency workshop

Monday, May 06, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is hosting several energy efficiency specialists to conduct a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 29 for local governments and facility managers about reducing buildings’ energy consumption. Lowering water and energy consumption at facilities leads to less electricity usage allowing power plants to produce less which lowers emissions.

The presenters will discuss simple projects that anyone can implement, such as changing lights to LED bulbs, as well as larger measures, such as implementing best-practices for designing or renovating more sustainable facilities. They also will provide Information about funding opportunities for efficiency projects to include Energy Saving Performance Contracts — project loans that recoup expenses through the efficiency savings.

Presenting organizations will include State Energy Conservation Office, Texas PACE Authority, and the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). Each group focuses on public sector energy efficient measures but is not limited to city and county facility knowledge. CAPCOG also is encouraging school districts and anyone who manages or owns a facility to attend the workshop. The workshop will be held at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

> Register for the workshop.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.
 

EPA, CAPCOG partner on travel efficiency assessment project

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality selected CAPCOG for a technical assistance partnership to assess the emissions and fuel consumption impacts of implementing travel efficiency strategies, which will help the region’s decision-makers understand how to improve air quality through such strategies.

CAPCOG will work with stakeholders to develop scenarios involving implementation of strategies, such as expanding public transit, increasing van and carpools, instituting speed limit reductions and more. The EPA will then produce a report detailing how the strategies could reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The project will help transportation stakeholders prioritize strategies for reducing air pollution that draw from and contribute to regional transportation planning efforts. Several local agencies agreed to participate in the analysis by supplying data; they include the Capital Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, CARTS, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the City of Austin, Travis County, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Since the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro area is one of the largest in the nation that meets the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards and is expected to double its population during the next 20 years, the project’s completion could assist the region in reducing the risk of violating the national standards and provide useful information to other communities considering similar efforts. CAPCOG estimates transportation sources account for almost half the region’s nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions, the key contributor to ground-level ozone and an important contributor to other air pollutants.

> Read about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

Older Americans Month helps older adults connect, create, contribute

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CAPCOG and its Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area want central Texas communities to join them during the month of May in recognizing that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks and lives. For 56 years, communities around the nation have recognized May as Older Americans Month and this year the Administration of Community Living, which spearheads the awareness campaign, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. 
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. 

“All of these actions bring meaning of our lives,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging director. “We all want purpose to our lives and these actions help older adults feel like they are still mastering something, still contributing, and that is better for their health and ours. If you are active, then you are healthy.”

CAPCOG offers many programs that provide older adults opportunities to create, connect and contribute such as its health and wellness programs, which bring people together to learn how maintain and manage their health by reducing falling risk or managing chronic illnesses. Congregate meal programs and local municipal run senior centers also provide venues for older adults to connect, create and contribute though an active and engaging social environment. During the month, CAPCOG will go beyond its normal programs and provide activities and share information designed to highlight local programs that promote increased connections for older adults through lifelong learning, health and wellness, volunteering and community engagement across generations.

The CAPCOG Executive Committee is set to recognize Older Americans Month with a resolution on April 10.

> View the CAPCOG Older Americans Month resolution.
> Learn more about AAACAP.org.
> Find more activities to celebrate Older Americans.

CAPCOG recommends homeland security grants projects

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The CAPCOG Executive Committee and its Homeland Security Task Force prioritized 40 projects that requested funding from the Texas Office of the Governor State Homeland Security Program. The state program will award funding in August 2019 using CAPCOG’s prioritization as a recommendation. CAPCOG anticipates between 16 and 20 of them will receive some level of funding based on previous years’ awards.

“Projects that received a high prioritization were those that strengthened the region’s ability to provide a coordinated regional response to terroristic events to which a single jurisdiction could not respond,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG homeland security director. “As every year, CAPCOG relied on the expertise of emergency managers and first responders to help prioritize these projects.” The projects ranged from planning and training projects to purchasing specialized equipment for professional response teams and additional resources for volunteer recovery teams.

The Homeland Security Task Force reviewed and ranked each project based on its nexus to terrorism; its core capability to fill gaps as identified in the regional State Preparedness Report; their ability to demonstrate a regional approach to preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation; and their ability to either sustain, build, or expand existing homeland security programs. In previous years, CAPCOG area projects have received between $1.3 million and $1.6 million in funding from the grant program. During the 2019 application process, applications for requested projects totaled more than $6 million.

> Read about the grant process.
> Learn more about the homeland security division.

National air quality campaign important to region

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Air Quality Awareness Week is a national campaign that recognizes the importance of clean air for our health and wellbeing while educating people about the air quality index (AQI) and how they can protect their local air quality. CAPCOG will join national partners, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Weather Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and encourage local jurisdictions to participate in the awareness campaign from April 29 to May 3.

While Central Texas’ air quality is improving, it is important to participate this campaign because the CAPCOG region is still at risk of violating federal health-based standards for pollution levels. In 2018, regional air pollution levels were considered “moderate” or worse for more than 35 percent of the year, and this poor air quality particularly affects children, older adults, and people with lung and heart disease, demographics that make up two out of five Central Texas residents.

The 2019 Air Quality Awareness Week theme is Check the AQI and Get Outside. Each day will focus on a different topic encouraging people to check the AQI for the best times to be active outdoors.

The CAPCOG Executive Committee is set to declare April 29 through May 3 Air Quality Awareness Week on April 10. Local jurisdictions and other agencies get the resolution at capcog.org/divisions/regional-services/air-quality to draft proclamations.

> Participate by sharing Facebook post.
> Participate by sharing Twitter post.
> For more information, contact Anton Cox, CAPCOG air quality program specialist.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG calls for Orthoimagery projects, geospatial savings

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

CAPCOG is coordinating the purchase of geospatial data through its 2020 Capital Area Orthoimagery Project in partnership with Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) Strategic Mapping Program (StratMap) as a regional cooperative effort to save local jurisdictions money. There is a May 31 deadline to submit projects.

Orthoimagery is scale-corrected so governments, utilities, planners, developers and others can use it as an accurate base map or reference to create vector data —points, lines, and polygons that represent those features in the imagery. This allows for accurate measurements and can be overlaid with other data in geographic information systems (GIS) to produce maps and conduct spatial analysis.

Local jurisdictions can experience savings on purchasing higher resolution orthoimagery, 6-inch or higher, based on the volume of participants and by not duplicating project procurement. Higher resolution imagery is most common for infrastructure planning and mapping projects. CAPCOG will purchase 12-inch resolution imagery across the region for areas where higher resolution imagery is not purchased. A conservative budget estimate to participate in the project is about $100 per square mile of 6-inch orthoimagery; however, the 2019 Capital Area Orthoimagery Project purchased 6-inch resolution for $75 per square mile.

Local jurisdictions also can procure other geospatial products, such as LiDAR which is valuable for flood modeling and other elevation-based analyses, directly through StratMap to further save during this program cycle.

> Join the Capital Area Orthoimagery Project.
> Order other StratMap geospatial products through StratMap.

CAPCOG upgrades 9-1-1 workstations throughout region

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New workstations being installed by CAPCOG in all 31 public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the region will allow for NextGeneration 9-1-1 once it is instituted; NextGeneration 9-1-1 is a more resilient digital infrastructure system which allows voice, photos, videos, and real-time text messages to flow seamlessly from the public to 9-1-1 call takers. CAPCOG began installing the workstations for emergency telecommunicators in all ten counties in February with completion set for May. While the project is a routine upgrade, it will enhance telecommunicators’ ability to navigate their 9-1-1 system tools.

Each upgraded workstation includes a new computer and at least one 23-inch monitor. If the PSAP uses CAPCOG’s mapping, a second 23-inch monitor will be provided. The older workstations operated on 19-inch monitors, so the increased monitor size allows for an expanded layout of the 9-1-1 dashboard.

Before issuing the new workstations, CAPCOG installed and tested the systems in its training PSAP. Lago Vista’s PSAP was the first to receive the equipment.

> Learn more about CAPCOG’s role in emergency communications.

Standard Response Protocol training video instructs students on safety actions

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Students will be better prepared to respond to terroristic incidents with a new educational video developed through a partnership between Hays County Emergency Services, Texas State, the Office of the Governor, the I Love You Guys Foundation, and CAPCOG as the educational tool promotes the use of the Standard Response Protocol.

The roughly 37-minute video will show students ages eight to 18 how to respond to mass shootings as well as other incidents on their campus. “With the events that are happening around the nation today, we have wanted to invest in educational response tools such as this video for some time, so they can easily be distributed to every school in our region,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. CAPCOG worked with the Office of the Governor’s Homeland Security Grant Division to ensure the video’s production was funded.

The video is multifaceted in teaching responses to incidents which require a lockdown, lockout, evacuation, or shelter; all actions that are part of the Standard Response Protocol. The video can be broken into segments so students can watch particular lessons at shortened lengths. It is the second video created to directly target educating students; a pre-k through second-grade video was released in mid-February. The Standard Response Protocol was developed initially by the I Love You Guys Foundation. The video will be posted at txssc.txstate.edu/videos/ later this month.

> Read more about the Homeland Security Division.

CAPCOG to recognize emergency telecommunicators

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

More than 800 emergency telecommunicators serve the CAPCOG ten-county region as the first, first responders, and they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure their communities are safe. In recognition of their unending dedication to the public’s wellbeing, in March the CAPCOG Executive Committee recognized them in conjunction with National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 14 to 20.

“Telecommunicators are the invaluable connection between emergency responders and the public needing aid in times of crisis,” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG Emergency Communications director. “These individuals don’t just dispatch police, paramedics or firefighters, they save lives. Each and every telecommunicator is the backbone of our 9-1-1 operations.”

Local governments are welcome to use the resolution as a template to help recognize their telecommunicators. To further honor each telecommunicators’ dedication, CAPCOG will present them with a thank-you gift between April 14 and 20. CAPCOG also encourages local governments, public safety agencies and the general public throughout the region to recognize their 9-1-1 call takers by participating in or hosting numerous activities such as meals, team building events, and spirit days.

> Download the resolution.
> Get ideas about how to celebrate National Telecommunicator Week.

First responders train for shooter, explosion during exercise

Thursday, March 14, 2019

More than 40 emergency response agencies and 350 public safety personnel from across the region responded to an active shooter, improvised explosion device and radiological dispersion device incidents during the region’s full-scale exercise in February. The training is the region’s opportunity to practice a massive multijurisdictional response that needs large-scale coordination and communication to implement the dispatching and use of specialized teams.

“When you bring together teams that don’t always work together, specialized equipment and multi-agency personnel, you get a chance to use and evaluate these public safety tools,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “It also builds trust and strengthens communication between agencies that would respond during real events.”

During the February exercise, local firefighters, emergency medical personnel, law enforcement officers and emergency management teams responded to the mock incidents at the Round Rock Public Safety Training Center, while other simulated incidents occurred in Burnet, Caldwell and Williamson counties. The local personnel worked alongside the military, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management and state resources. CAPCOG and the participating agencies have completed an after action report of the training, which informs all parties about their strengths and improvement areas. The report is helpful in determining future training and equipment purchases that can contribute saving more lives if such an incident occurs.

> Read more about the Homeland Security Division.

RETF, CAPCOG, Georgetown host environmental law course

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) and CAPCOG are conducting this year’s first basic environmental law training course on March 28 at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 200 Industrial Avenue in Georgetown. The course teaches peace officers, code enforcement officers, and sanitation workers best-practices for investigating, prosecuting, and abating environmental crimes such as illegal dumping and outdoor burning.

With more than 25 years of experience in combating environmental crimes, the Regional Environmental Task Force instructors will discuss trends in crime occurrences and laws relating to unauthorized discharges in streams and lakes, solid waste regulations and nuisance violations.

> Registration for the course.
> Learn more about the RETF.

Commute Solutions launches new look with logo, website

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The more than 1 million daily commuters who travel in the metropolitan statistical area have a new website to help them navigate their travel options as CAPCOG has relaunched CommuteSolutions.com as a one-stop resource for people seeking information about non-single occupancy vehicle travel.

The site features an enhanced user experience that lets visitors easily locate information about carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, cycling and other more sustainable commuting options instead of being one of the nearly 800,000 daily drivers who travel alone in their car. It also better highlights the benefits and steps employers can take to make their workers daily commutes a little less stressful and time consuming such as teleworking and flex-scheduling. For those wanting to better understand the impact of their daily commute and stay up-to-date on sustainable commuting options in the region, the site offers an easily accessible commute cost calculator, a ride matching and impact tracking platform — myCommuteSolutions, and news about commuting. 

CAPCOG also is in the process of enhancing the myCommuteSolutions tool to integrate more commuting options such as vanpools and park ‘n’ rides and improve the user interface. It anticipates the new tool launching in March 2019.

> Go to CommuteSolutions.com.
> Learn more about the Commute Solutions Program.

Air Quality Plan urges more emission reductions

Thursday, February 21, 2019

CAPCOG and its Central Texas Clean Air Coalition recently completed a new Regional Air Quality Plan that guides entities in addressing air pollution issues that improve or at least maintain the regions’ air quality while also reducing the negative health, social, economic and environmental impacts caused by air pollution in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The MSA includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. The plan also hopes to maximize the potential of complying with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Outlined in the plan are six strategies for accomplishing these objectives. They include implementing emission controls, monitoring air quality, collecting and analyzing data, and conducting public outreach to educate people about limiting their emissions and lessening their exposure to harmful air pollution, and advocating for clean air quality policies. These strategies highlight specific measures entities will implement such as replacing older fleet vehicles with newer, more efficient or alternatively fueled vehicles to better control emissions and conducting public awareness campaigns about what individuals can do to reduce air pollution such as Air Central Texas, the Today’s Texas Air Quality Forecast, and Commute Solutions.

> Read the full plan.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG hosts fleet management workshop series

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is offering a two-part workshop series for fleet managers to learn how to reduce their fleets’ harmful emissions and possibly qualifying for state or federal funding to improve vehicles or purchase new ones. The workshops will be held on Feb. 26 and 27 at CAPCOG’s offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 in Austin.

The first workshop session will discuss air quality friendly best-practices for fleet managers. It will cover topics such as the Regional Air Quality Plan, emission reduction measures, fleet management policies that prioritize lowering NOx emissions that cause harmful ground level ozone, and alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Fleet related grants and how to apply for them will be discussed during the second workshop. Grant opportunities that will be covered during the workshop are those in the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, EPA’s Clean Diesel Program and the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. A panel of previous grant recipients will be available to discuss how the grants benefited their fleet programs and their success in receiving the funding.

> Register to attend.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

Homeland Security trains nonprofits on grant process

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nonprofits and faith-based organizations throughout the ten-county region can learn more about the state’s 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program and its application process during a workshop at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 2019 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, in Austin.

Hosted by CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division, the workshop will address using the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) online grants portal, egrants.gov.texas.gov, to apply for the grant by the March 14 deadline. It also will provide information about the grant’s qualifications and project eligibility. The grant supports security projects for nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Its funds can be used to equip facilities with security provisions, construct or renovate facilities to enhance security, or provide security personnel with training.

> Register for the workshop.
> Review the OGG’s request for applications.

Local jurisdictions may also submit nonprofits’ contact information to the Homeland Security Division by emailing homelandsecuritystaff@capcog.org to ensure they were notified about the funding opportunity.

Air Quality Program seeks partnerships for EPA grant

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Note added Feb. 26: The EPA extended this grant's deadline for applications. In light of that, CAPCOG has extended its deadline for project submissions 5 p.m. March 8, 2019.

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is soliciting projects to include in a regional grant application for the EPA’s Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2019 to improve organizations’ chances of receiving federal grant monies.

The funding assistance program can replace older diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and fund a number of other projects that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment. By submitting multiple projects on a partnered application, the application will earn points in the scoring criteria for the community engagement and partnerships section, which could increase the likelihood of projects being funded. As a result, CAPCOG can demonstrate a greater regional impact on lowering harmful emissions and improving air quality. 

Organizations interested in partnering in the grant should review the EPA’s request for applications at epa.gov/grants/clean-diesel-funding-assistance-program-fy-2019. They then should submit a project narrative, an applicant fleet description, and a letter indicating their willingness to participate in the regional application that also indicates their experience with similar grant projects to CAPCOG.

> Submissions should be sent to Christiane Alepuz, Regional Services Program Specialist, by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.

> Call 512-916-6005 or email Alepuz with questions.
> Learn more about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

New violence against women courses available for law enforcement personnel

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) is offering a number of new and free courses for peace officers and investigators as part of its Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) training curriculum. With the first enrollment opportunities being in February and March, these courses range in topics from preparing evidences in family violence and sexual assault cases to investigating cyberstalking, human trafficking and more.

“CAPCOG was fortunate to receive a grant that allows us to bring free training to help our peace officers do a better job in serving the public,” said Randy Holmes, the RLEA director. Despite region-wide crime rates per 100,000 residents decreasing in the last decade, crimes against women are still a significant issue for the region’s growing population. From 2011 to 2017, five of the ten counties saw an increased rate in the reported sexual assaults and six counties experienced an increase rate in the reported family violence incidents. The rate of reported rape cases increased in all but one county.

Upcoming courses include Investigation of Cyberstalking on Feb. 15, Human Trafficking on March 11, and Processing the Sexual Assault Crime Scene on March 18 through March 20. A Photographing Family Violence Injuries course was offered in early February. All these courses offer TCOLE credit. RLEA will schedule more VAWA training opportunities.

> Register or find more information about individual courses.
> Learn more about RLEA.
 

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