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Mexico delegation learns about law enforcement training at CAPCOG

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) and Emergency Communications divisions hosted a delegation of 13 peace officer professionals from Mexico in April, as part of a weeklong tour of Central Texas law enforcement agencies for the Police Professionalization Exchange Program conducted by Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, so they could learn about training and operational best practices.

Randy Holmes, RLEA director, discussed the rigorous training cadets go through during CAPCOG’s Basic Peace Officer Course and how the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and local jurisdictions determine the educational standards and courses taught by CAPCOG. Holmes explained peace officers’ need for continuing education and that CAPCOG serves as a regional resource to lower training costs for individual jurisdictions to receive such career development.

Peter Behnke, Emergency Communications assistant director, and Kelsey Dean, public safety answering point specialist, lead discussions on training and the operations behind emergency telecommunicators answering 9-1-1 calls. The delegation was particularly interested in how emergency telecommunicators receive their own specialized training and are directly integrated into the public safety field as a valuable member of the response team and as the first, first responder. The delegation also toured the RLEA and Emergency Communication’s training rooms and sat in an academy course.

With operational best practices as a goal, the delegation also spent time with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, UT System Police Department, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

> Learn more about RLEA.
> Find a RLEA training course for you.
> Learn more about Emergency Communications.
> Find an emergency telecommunicator course for you.

Homeland Security, RLEA offer School Safety Symposium

Monday, July 09, 2018

The CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division and Regional Law Enforcement Academy are planning a symposium on response techniques and preparedness for school shooting incidents from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 30 at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 155 in Austin. The symposium will provide information to leaders from school districts, police departments, emergency management teams, and emergency medical services about recognized best-practices used statewide to mitigate school shootings as well as allow participants to experience an active shooter in a school environment with CAPCOG’s use-of-force simulator.

Hays County Director of Emergency Services, Kharley Smith, will speak about their county’s school safety protocol program, a program that was recognized by Governor Greg Abbott during his efforts to look at solutions following the Santa Fe High School shooting. The county’s program provides instruction and training to every school district and law enforcement agency in the county on any type of dangerous or potentially dangerous situation as well as conducts response drills annually at every campus. A Citizen’s Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) trainer, David Burns with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, will discuss strategies and guidance for individuals surviving an active shooter event and how local jurisdictions can educate their communities on using these strategies. CRASE was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University. 

A draft agenda will be posted at capcog.org by July 13.

> Register for School Safety Symposium.
> Sign-up to take part in a use-of-force simulator demonstration.

CAPCOG uses EDA funding for new disaster recovery, resiliency projects

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

CAPCOG is taking on two projects; one that will support the region’s over-all disaster resiliency, and one that will help stimulate economic activity for jurisdictions within the Hurricane Harvey FEMA disaster declaration.

Using U.S. Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funds, CAPCOG will work with jurisdictions in Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee and Fayette counties to identify economic development opportunities that either aid in their economic recovery from the effects of Hurricane Harvey or improve their economic resiliency. CAPCOG will help navigate such economic projects from ideas to fruition by connecting them with the appropriate funding mechanism. EDA, whose regional office is in Austin, has been awarded a large amount of supplemental disaster recovery funding to be allocated in Harvey-affected areas. 

Within the same EDA grant, CAPCOG will launch a regional GIS portal allowing emergency response personnel to access regional data sets in a live and secure environment. The portal will allow for jurisdictions to share mapping data as quickly as it is developed, making it easier to respond and recover from disasters that cross jurisdictional boundaries. The project will enhance the capabilities of WebEOC, a virtual tool used by emergency personnel to share incident information across jurisdictions and track the allocation of local resources, by providing more robust mapping data to the communication tool.

> Read about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

Commute Solutions grows with CAMPO aid, helps seniors and workforce development

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) included in its 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) $250,000 to support CAPCOG’s Commute Solutions program that will help expand efforts for reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips, connecting seniors to transportation options and allowing others to reach workforce development opportunities throughout the region in FY 2019. The funds will be Category 7, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) category funding.

“Regional TDM programs like CAPCOG’s Commute Solutions program have an important role to play in improving transportation and quality of life in the region,” said Andrew Hoekzema, CAPCOG Regional Services director. “We look forward to being able to use these funds to enhance our ability to deliver results for the region’s residents.” CAMPO’s approval of federal funding will bring the program in line with similar programs in other large Texas metros. The funding will help enhance project coordination with regional transit partners to increase Commute Solutions participation and further planning and implementation of TDM initiatives

> Get more details about Commute Solutions.
> Participate in Commute Solutions.

EMCs, fire officials promote WarnCentralTexas.org as part of wildfire safety

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The national “Ready, Set, Go!” program tells residents to reduce wildfire risk by taking earlier actions, such as clearing brush from around homes and packing evacuation “go kits” which contain items such as important documents, medications and food. It also states residents should remain aware of wildfire news and information. “In Central Texas, residents can receive immediate emergency information directly from emergency responders by registering for alerts at WarnCentralTexas.org,” said Williamson County Emergency Management Director Jarred Thomas. “These warnings often provide incident information and instructions such as when it’s time to ‘Go!’, or evacuate your home.”

Thomas was one of several fire and emergency management officials from the CAPCOG ten-county region who recently encouraged residents to prepare for the 2018 wildfire season during a press conference in May. The officials promoted two national preparedness programs and stated each can be enhanced by the regional Warn Central Texas program.

Austin Fire Department’s Lt. Steve Gibbon said 449 wildfires already have occurred in the Austin area in 2018 and as development continues throughout the region it is important to promote the Firewise USA program which teaches communities to work together to reduce wildfire risks. “All of our residents should adopt the Firewise USA practices,” Gibbon said.  “In this region’s case, that also includes telling your neighbors to sign up for local warnings through WarnCentralTexas.org.” The WarnCentralTexas.org alert system is provided by CAPCOG and serves the ten-county region.

> Learn about Ready, Set, Go!
> Learn more about Firewise USA.
> Read about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

Workshop shares household hazardous waste collection tips

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Household hazardous waste (HHW) management experts will share best practices for conducting community collection events during a free CAPCOG workshop scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, June 29. The workshop will be at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 301, Suite 165 in Austin.

“From underestimating turnout to failing to correctly track and report materials collected, jurisdictions can make mistakes when conducting HHW events,” said Ken May, CAPCOG regional programs coordinator. “This workshop will help them maximize their collections, follow regulations, and save money on the disposal of materials by providing invaluable knowledge from industry leaders.”

Workshop attendees also will learn about coordinating their event with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, how to plan the logistics of collection events, and best-practices for local governments’ contracting of HHW events.

> Register to attend.
> Learn about CAPCOG's Solid Waste Program.

Public hearings, input to shape Harvey recovery funding

Monday, June 11, 2018

CAPCOG is drafting a Method of Distribution (MOD) for the 2017 Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocations totaling $17,234,948 for the four disaster identified counties — Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee, and Fayette. It is seeking public input from elected officials and residents to better ensure the MOD reflects the communities’ needs and desires for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Local Infrastructure and Local Buyout and Acquisition program allocations.

> Read the draft MOD.

The first of two public hearings about the MOD was conducted on May 30 in Bastrop. The second hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 and will seek input about a draft version of the MOD. It will take place in the Bastrop County Annex’s County Commissioners Courtroom on the 2nd floor, 804 Pecan Street in Bastrop. The draft MOD will be available on capcog.org and at the CAPCOG offices by June 13. CAPCOG will accept written comments about the MOD through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Comments can be submitted by email to khadnot@capcog.org or through mail addressed as Attn: CAPCOG Hurricane Harvey CDBG-DR Comments, CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165, Austin, Texas 78744.

> Submit comment.
> Learn about CAPCOG's Homeland Security Division.

CAPCOG to hold local government flood grant strategy meeting

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Floods have impacted the CAPCOG region in recent years causing extensive damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and disrupting the lives Central Texans. Hurricane Harvey caused serious flooding in four counties in the CAPCOG region and caused as much as $125 billion in damages across the state. Current grant opportunities from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) could help local jurisdictions in the region enhance their ability to reduce flooding risks by developing more accurate, comprehensive, and quantitative risk assessments, analyzing issues such as building damage, economic impact, debris generation and shelter requirements for potential flood scenarios, and develop plans for mitigating risks.

CAPCOG is inviting local floodplain administrators to coordinate a regional strategy for pursuing these grant opportunities at a 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 15 meeting. TWDB’s Flood Protection Grant applications are due on July 11, and letters of intent for TDEM’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are due June 30.

> Contact Craig Eissler, CAPCOG GIS program manage,r for more information.

TCEQ seeks funding natural gas vehicles in seven CAPCOG counties

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has made available $15.5 million in grant funds for those seeking to repower heavy- or medium-duty vehicles to use natural gas or for those looking to replace heavy- or medium-duty with natural gas vehicles. Applicants must operate mostly in the Texas Clean Transportation Zone, which includes seven CAPCOG counties — Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson.

The Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program encourages entities to replace existing diesel or gasoline vehicles with natural gas vehicles or to repower their engines with natural gas engines. Eligible applicants are those that own, lease, or commercially finance a heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicle that is operated in Texas. Applicants can be individuals, corporations, organizations, governments or governmental subdivisions or agencies, school districts, business trusts, partnerships, associations, or any other legal entity.

TCEQ plans to close the application process on May 31, 2019.

> Learn more about the grant program.
> Learn how to apply for the grant program.
> Read about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

Community organizations train for being veteran mentors

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area, a CAPCOG program, held a full-day training in April for community service organizations to learn how to better support veterans and their families that seek assistance. The ADRC will bring the Military Veterans Peer Network back to CAPCOG in the fall to teach a second course because of its popularity.

“The unserved veteran’s population is growing in the Capital Area, as many veterans do not self-identify,” said Vivian Harris, ADRC coordinator. “The role of the Peer Network is to locate such veterans and encourage them to seek the benefits and services they need and are not currently receiving. Many veterans are unaware they are eligible for such support services.”

As a primary connection between older adults and the disabled and the organizations providing services, the ADRC wants to ensure it and these service organizations are reaching and addressing veterans’ needs properly. The course introduced its attendees to military cultural competency, common non-visible injuries and disabling conditions, treatment options, and the many resources available to veterans. It also focused on how to communicate with veterans and serve as an effective mentor to them. “Knowing these topics and communication principles can make all the difference in someone receiving the appropriate support services and as the ADRC we want connect everyone to the best, most fitting service needed,” Harris said.

> Learn about the ADRC.
> Learn about The Veterans Peer Network.
 

TCEQ accepting emissions reduction grant applications

Friday, May 18, 2018
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Program is accepting grant applications for the upgrade or replacement of older heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, and stationary equipment.

Applications for the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2018. Previous ERIG or Rebate grant applications will not be accepted. Individuals and organizations, private and government, from 42 counties can apply for the grant to include five counties in the CAPCOG ten-county region – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

The goal of the ERIG program is to provide grant funding opportunities to offset the cost of projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from high-emitting mobile diesel sources.

> Apply for the grant.
> Read more about the grant.
> Learn about TERP.

In conjunction with opening the ERIG grant process, the TCEQ has scheduled application workshops to provide an overview of the application process. The program has several new changes, so the TCEQ is encouraging prospective applicants to attend a workshop. All workshops are free and no registration is required. The Austin workshop will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at the TCEQ Austin Office, Building F, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin.

> Locate other workshops.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG prioritizes criminal justice grants

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The CAPCOG Executive Committee in April approved the prioritization of 48 grant projects seeking funding from four Office of the Governor (OOG) Criminal Justice Division (CJD) programs. The OOG will use CAPCOG’s prioritized recommendations to help determine 2019 grant awardees; the OOG anticipates announcing recipients starting in late August.

About $8.5 million has been allocated for agencies in the ten-county region across the four programs — the General Victim Assistance Program, the Violence Against Women Justice and Training Program, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program, and the Justice Assistance Grant. CAPCOG worked to maximize potential awards throughout the region by encouraging applications from organizations that have never applied for CJD funding or have not applied recently. This resulted in the total funding requests in each grant category except for Violence Against Women Justice and Training Programs to exceed regional allocations. “Being oversubscribed in these grant areas can benefit the region,” said Chris Schreck, CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Director. “If another region doesn’t have enough projects to fulfill their allocations, the Office of the Governor can reallocate those funds toward projects in our region.” In 2018, the CAPCOG area received $4.5 million in grants above the state’s initial $8.5 million regional allocation.

Criminal justice grants awarded by the CJD are done on an annual basis. The grant process for the next cycle will begin with Criminal Justice stakeholder meetings in October 2018 to develop regional priorities. “We are encouraging as many organizations as possible to be engaged in the planning process for these grants,” Schreck said. “We want the regional priorities, and ultimately the prioritization of applications, to reflect broad input from a diverse group of stakeholders.”

> To be informed about future Criminal Justice grant activities and opportunities, contact Matt Holderread.
> Read this year’s prioritized list.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Criminal Justice Program.

General Land Office hosts Hurricane Harvey planning workshop at Brazos Valley COG

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Source: Brazos Valley COG

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (COG) will host the Texas General Land Office-State Action Plan Workshop for Hurricane Harvey funding to let local government officials, including those in the CAPCOG region’s impacted counties, to address the plan. The workshop will take place at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the Brazos Valley COG, Center for Regional Services, 3991 East 29th Street, Bryan, Texas 77802.

The plan will detail the proposed use of all funds, including criteria for eligibility, and how the use of these funds will address long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas. The workshop will discuss the content and timeline of the plan as well as answer all questions about long-term recovery and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.

Hurricane Harvey impacted many local counties with heavy rain and flooding in August 2017 damaging and destroying many single- and multi-family residences along with key infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $5.024 billion in CDBG-DR funds to the state of Texas in response to this disaster.  

Local government officials from all the impacted areas are welcome and should attend the workshop. This includes county judges, commissioners, mayors, council members, emergency management coordinators, and council of governments staff involved in Hurricane Harvey recovery.

The impacted areas include:

  • Alamo Area COG - Comal, Guadalupe, and Karnes counties
  • Brazos Valley COG - Burleson, Grimes, Madison, and Washington counties
  • CAPCOG - Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, and Lee counties
  • Central Texas COG - Milam County

Please coordinate with your region on attendees. RSVP no later than noon, May 18, 2018 with Shannon Waddell at Shannon.waddell@bvcog.org or 979-595-2801 ext 2240. Attendance at this workshop is very important.

> Read the State Action Plan.
> Contact Roger Sheridan, BVCOG Public Safety Planning Manager, with questions.

Air Quality Awareness Week shares how to “Be Air Aware”, take action against pollutants

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

From Williamson to Bastrop counties and from Austin to Lockhart, communities in the ten-county region recognized April 30 to May 4 officially as National Air Quality Awareness Week to educate residents about the importance of monitoring local air quality and reducing air pollution.

The region’s first Ozone Action Day was April 28 and served as a reminder that throughout the year residents should remain vigilant about taking actions to reduce air pollutants and knowing the air quality. On Ozone Action Days, ozone levels can be especially harmful to sensitive groups — children under 18, adults 65 or older, and adults with lung diseases such as asthma. Bad air quality can pose potential health risks including difficulty breathing, sore and scratchy throat, and aggravation of lung diseases such as bronchitis.

Communities that participated in the awareness campaign educated residents about the causes of air pollution, how they can protect their health against poor air quality, and how they can reduce pollution through actions such as carpooling or biking to work. The communities encouraged people to “Be Air Aware” by downloading the EnviroFlash app for Android and iPhone. The free app gives people the following day’s air quality forecasts and can send them alerts about Ozone Action Days and other air quality concerns.

> Find more air quality information at airnow.gov.
> Read about TCEQ's Air Quality Program.
> Learn about local efforts at AirCentralTexas.org.
> Read about CAPCOG's Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG, StratMap saves on Orthoimagery

Friday, May 04, 2018

CAPCOG is offering local jurisdictions an opportunity to save on valuable aerial imagery data by joining its 2019 Capital Area Orthoimagery Project, formerly GeoMap, which provides accurate basemaps useful for planning purposes throughout the ten-county region. The project participation deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018.

CAPCOG has partnered with the Texas Natural Resources Information System’s Strategic Mapping Program (StratMap) to purchase twelve-inch resolution imagery throughout the region; however, local jurisdictions are encouraged to participate so they can receive savings on 6- or 3-inch resolution imagery. “Orthoimagery is scale-corrected so it can be used for measuring and creating vector data,” said Craig Eissler, CAPCOG GIS program manager. “Imagery with higher resolution provides greater detail making it more useful for engineering purposes; higher resolution imagery can even be used for project level infrastructure mapping.” A conservative estimate for six-inch orthoimagery is about $100 per square mile, but participation in the 2018 project reduced costs to about $70 per square mile.

To further save on cost, local jurisdictions can use StratMap to procure other geospatial products, such as LiDAR and contour lines, but such purchases must be done through StratMap directly.

> Read more about joining the CAPCOG Orthoimagery Project and StratMap.
> Learn about the CAPCOG GIS Program.
 

Homeland Security course focuses on reducing terrorist recruitment, radicalization in jails

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The CAPCOG Homeland Security Division, in cooperation with Hays County, will host a full-day training workshop about how emergency and public safety managers can prevent terrorist and hate group recruitment and radicalization from happening in rural correctional facilities. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at the Hays County Government Center, 712 South Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos.

“Prevention is just as critical to homeland security planning as successfully responding to an event,” said Eric Carter, CAPCOG Homeland Security Division director. “This course helps our responders and law enforcement officers better understand the nature of terrorist and hate groups and how to combat them.”

The course teaches elements for deterrence, intervention, and information gathering and sharing so emergency and public safety managers can institute planning and intervention methods to reduce threats from hate and terrorist groups that may have originated in rural correctional facilities. It builds knowledge around threat group categories, identifiers and philosophies, and focuses on a convergence of methodologies and the practices, policies, and conditions specific to rural correctional facilities.

> Register for the workshop.
> Learn more about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

CAPCOG aggregates data for Sustainable Food Center study

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When the Sustainable Food Center needed information to assist with drafting its “Planning for Central Texas Food Hub: Feasibility Study and Business Plan,” it turned to CAPCOG’s Planning and Economic Development Division. CAPCOG aggregated data from around the region based on three qualities — prime soil content, publicly owned parcels, and underutilized parcels — and presented that data to the center as a visual and interactive GIS planning tool, so the center could better evaluate the information.

“This is a core capability of our work,” said Chris Schreck, CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development director. “At the root of this project and many others, CAPCOG brings together local, district, state and national datasets so individuals, groups, cities and counties can identify the best use policies or make more informed decisions.”

The center’s study ultimately will determine the viability of a food hub for local food aggregation, minimal processing, storage, and distribution to existing and expanded intermediated markets serving the Greater Austin area. And, while CAPCOG’s involvement provided only research datasets, CAPCOG also can analyze data for planning purposes.

> Read about the Planning and Economic Division.
> Find CAPCOG's public GIS data.
 

Seniors stay valuable members in our communities

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAPCOG and communities around the region will recognize May as Older Americans Month, a time when everyone should acknowledge the contributions of older adults and encourage them to stay engaged in our communities and lives.

“This year’s theme ‘Engage at Every Age,’ emphasizes the importance of being active and involved at any age,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) director. “Older adults’ continued socialization drastically improves their health and wellness; however, their involvement is beyond beneficial to us, as they provide wisdom and prospective as community planning partners, volunteers, leaders and mentors.”

CAPCOG’s Executive Committee is scheduled to proclaim May as Older Americans Month at its April meeting. In the CAPCOG region, there are more than 314,000 adults who are 60 or older. During April and May, AAACAP will further highlight older adults throughout the region at outreach and community events. “Older adults want to continue to live lives with purpose, and we want to recognize their skills and ensure they know how and where opportunities exist to contribute to our communities’ health and wellness,” Bordie said.

> Learn more about AAACAP.

Caregivers conference to teach approaches for tough family challenges

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), a CAPCOG division, and the Austin Senior Resource Alliance will host some of Austin’s foremost senior caregiving experts for A Caregivers Hope, an annual conference to teach how to better care for loved-ones and yourself through family planning and caregiving. The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 1921 Lohmans Crossing, Suite 100, Austin.

“For many of the caregivers, this is a chance for them to understand they are not alone; there are other caregivers going through the same issues, and they just need to reach out to get help,” said Cyndi Cummings, founder of the Austin Senior Resource Alliance. The alliance provides resources to families as they go through transitional life changes; hosting the conference is one way of helping those who care for older adults.

Founder of Kitchen Table Discussions, Garrick Colwell, will deliver the conference’s keynote discussion about aspects of care planning including early planning for end of life, its importance to families, and how it can provide caregivers with hope. “We are really talking about living life to the fullest until that last breath,” Colwell said. “Having these conversations lets people focus on being with their loved ones at the end instead of what to do for them after the end.”

Other conference speakers will include Patty Bordie, AAACAP director; Margaret Bryant, a Medicaid consultant; Lorna Allen, of New York Life Insurance Company; Michael Gill, owner of Texas Senior Living Locators; Bill Witt, of the Senior Resource Center; Dr. Char Hu, a Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders council member; and Alice Latino, co-founder of Heavenly Care Home Health.

> Caregivers register for the conference.
> Learn about AAACAP.

They can request free respite care by calling 512-423-6782.

CAPCOG recommends projects for homeland security grants

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Office of the Governor (OOG) is expected to award the 2018 State Homeland Security Program Grant funds in August 2018; CAPCOG’s Executive Committee approved a prioritized list of recommendations for regional projects to the OOG in March after more than 34 projects and equipment purchases were reviewed by its Homeland Security Task Force.

“Representatives from across the ten-county region ranked these projects according to their alignment with the regional homeland security strategic plan and their ability to sustain or expand current homeland security capabilities,” said Eric Carter, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “All of the projects support regional response to critical threats and potential disasters; whether it’s training exercises or special hazmat equipment for hazardous materials response teams, every project is geared towards making us all safer.”

Capital Area requests for grant funds totaled over $6.8 million. In recent years, the Capital Area has received between $1.3 and $1.4 million for these projects. CAPCOG anticipates about the same level of funding.

> View the prioritized list.
> Read more about the State Homeland Security Program Grant process.

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