In May 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a virtual case study interview with representatives from the Jersey City–Newark Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to discuss the effectiveness of two grant investments that were made with FEMA preparedness grant funds. The purpose of the study was to understand how FEMA preparedness grants aided Jersey City–Newark in preparing for and responding to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
This case study found that UASI and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding played a key role in the creation of the New Jersey All Hazards Incident Management Team (NJ-AHIMT). Additionally, a prime mover truck funded with UASI funds was used to transport a shipping container transformed into a portable urban search and rescue (US&R) training facility, and this enabled personnel to train safely during the pandemic. These investments were key in establishing a team capable of addressing cross-cutting emergency management tasks throughout the pandemic and in providing a pandemic-safe alternative training environment.
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