In August 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a preparedness grants effectiveness virtual case study with the State of Idaho. The purpose of this case study was to understand the role of FEMA preparedness grants in Idaho’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response. This case study relies on data gathered through two group interviews with emergency management professionals from the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM). This case study also draws from information Idaho provided through the Biannual Strategic Implementation Report (BSIR) and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR).
FEMA examined how Idaho used preparedness grants to invest in capabilities that supported its COVID-19 pandemic response. In coordination with IOEM, FEMA focused on investments supporting geographic information systems (GIS) solutions and the state’s Public Private Partnerships Program. FEMA then examined how these investments impacted Idaho’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.
This case study found that Homeland Security Preparedness Grants (HSGP) and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funds that supported investments in GIS and promoted the Public Private Partnerships Program played a significant role in Idaho’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Case study participants emphasized that without preparedness grant funds, Idaho would have been unable to maintain situational awareness and collect timely data to inform its COVID-19 pandemic response strategy, establish strong relationships with private sector entities, and develop a strategy to address personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain issues.
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