FEMA Technical Assistance Division

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Overview

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Assistance (TA) program seeks to build and sustain capabilities through specific services and analytical capacities across two primary functional areas: (1) preparedness TA activities in support of the four homeland security mission areas (prevention, protection, response and recovery) and (2) homeland security program management. This two-pronged approach ensures that initiatives measurably contribute to the enhancement of state and local homeland security programs and the specific homeland security capabilities they build and manage. The TA program is designed to be an agile program that addresses areas of greatest state and local need; is committed to transferring and institutionalizing knowledge at the state and local level and provides a dynamic menu of services that is responsive to national priorities.

Preparedness Technical Assistance

Preparedness TA services seek to build and sustain capabilities in support of the four homeland security mission areas (prevention, protection, response, recovery). In addition to the four mission areas, these services also address the suite of priorities and capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal. As capability gaps are identified within state and local jurisdictions, preparedness TA services are designed, developed and delivered to address those needs and build capabilities in the most critical areas. The following text provides an overview of the services that comprise the NPD’s Preparedness TA program:

Prevention Technical Assistance:
In coordination with lead federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), NPD seeks to ensure that state and local jurisdictions possess the required capabilities and are proficient in tasks essential to preventing terrorist attacks against the homeland. As referenced above, NPD has made the establishment of the fusion capacity the top prevention priority for state and local governments.

Protection Technical Assistance:
The protection mission area focuses primarily on the following two national priorities: implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and strengthen chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection, response and decontamination capabilities. NPD has partnered with the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) to enhance protection-related support to state and local jurisdictions.

Planning Support:
The planning support mission areas focus primarily on the following four national priorities: implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF); expanded regional collaboration; strengthen interoperable communications capabilities; strengthen chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection, response and decontamination capabilities. NPD has partnered with the NIMS Integration Center (NIC), the Department of Energy (DOE) and others to enhance response and recovery related support to state and local jurisdictions.

Program Management Technical Assistance

Program management technical assistance services provide direct assistance in the establishment and enhancement of the overall homeland security administrative framework within state and local jurisdictions. These technical assistance services help build the infrastructure at the state and local levels in which preparedness purchases, training activities, exercises and additional assistance can accurately be managed, administered, tracked and measured. This component of the overall TA program includes services focused on grant reporting, grants management, overall homeland security program management and resource management strategies for special needs jurisdictions.

Technical Assistance Catalog

NPD and GPD are pleased to announce the availability of the Technical Assistance Program Catalog. The TA Catalog is a comprehensive reference document listing TA services that are presently available, as well as those currently under development.  The TA Catalog conveys key programmatic information in a concise, user-friendly format so that the state and local jurisdictions can rapidly locate services the meet their individual preparedness and program management needs.  The TA Catalog also provides instructions on how to apply for TA, including a "TA Request Form" (PDF 44KB, TXT 0KB) that can be used as a formal TA request.

Contact Information

For further information on the Technical Assistance (TA) Program, please e-mail: FEMA-TARequest@fema.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 
04/25/2014 - 10:50
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