Preparedness Grants Overview

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Preparedness initiatives enhance the capacity of local emergency responders and the State to prevent, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disaster events.

Preparedness initiatives include those that better prepare us for all hazards, notably incidents involving:

  • Cyber-attacks
  • Natural and weather-related emergencies or disasters
  • Weapons-of-mass destruction
  • Including those with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) devices
  • Other man-made emergency or disaster events

To ensure our local communities, the State, Tribes, Territories and the country are safe and ready to successfully meet the challenges of these kinds of threats, Federal departments and agencies invest in preparedness programs in the form of non-disaster Preparedness Grants.

GOHSEP Administered Grants

Types of Preparedness Grants


Preparedness Grants administered by GOHSEP come through FEMA, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).


FEMA-funded Preparedness Grants

There are two (2) broad categories of FEMA-funded Preparedness Grants:

HSGP is further subdivided into three (3) programs:

DOC-funded Preparedness Grants

SLIGP Grants support the development of a Federal and State partnership to build out a nationwide dedicated public safety broadband network.

Who Can Apply for Preparedness Grants?

Generally, for State-administered grants, either the State Administrative Agent (SAA) or the State Emergency Management Agency (EMA) can apply for EMPG. Only the SAA can apply for HSGP. GOHSEP is the SAA.

Application Process

Application is made to FEMA. Grants are awarded to the State, who then may, in certain circumstances, make subawards (also called subgrants) to eligible local, State agencies or other government Applicants or Subrecipients.

Eligible Activities

The priority of Preparedness Grants is to support the achievement of the National Preparedness System  in meeting the National Preparedness Goal – a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.

Preparedness Grants should also support State Homeland Security Strategies. Louisiana State Homeland Security Strategy identifies the State’s values, interests, strategic appraisal, policy, strategy and risk assessment as they relate to local, State and national homeland security and resiliency.

There is a wide range of activities and initiatives Preparedness Grants can fund that help meet the National Preparedness Goal and support the State Strategy.

For example, Preparedness Grants can be used to fund:

  • Certain types of equipment purchases. Check the FEMA Allowable Equipment List (AEL) to learn more about equipment items allowed under specific Preparedness Grant programs.
  • Development and maintenance of Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) and other plans.
  • Training and exercise.
  • Construction and renovation of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
  • Management and administration needs.
  • And more!

Non-GOHSEP Administered Grants

Other Preparedness (non-disaster) Grants

Federal programs also fund non-disaster Mitigation Grants discussed under the Mitigation GRANTS INDEX and the Mitigation sections of this website.

There are other Preparedness Grants found within other Federal departments and agencies and through both the nonprofit and private sectors that are of interest to local communities, State agencies, Tribal authorities and other emergency management stakeholders. From assistance to firefighters to battling terrorism, community policing, hazardous materials safety and more, these funding sources provide needed assistance to help ensure the safety of our communities.

Grant applications are made online.

Learn More

To learn more about specific Preparedness Grants:

  • Click on any of the grants listed in the Preparedness GRANTS INDEX above and to the right.

OR contact your:

GOHSEP Preparedness Grants Section

Catesha Williams-Smith
Non-Disaster Grants Section Chief
[email protected]
(225) 922-2450

Shera Adams
Non-Disaster Grants Branch Manager
[email protected]
(225) 358-5221

Ashley Givens
Grant Program Specialist
Regions 2 & State Agencies
[email protected]
(225) 922-0260

Takisha Ross
Grant Program Coordinator
Regions 1 & 4
[email protected]
(225) 358-5651

Toniquea Yates
Grant Program Specialist
Regions 3 & 9
[email protected]
(225) 358-5625

Kaneshia Thomas-Cheatham
Grant Program Specialist
Regions 5 & 6
[email protected]
(225) 925-1812

Erica Thigpen
Grant Program Specialist
Region 7
[email protected]
(225) 358-5604

Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 925-7500

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