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Emergency Management for Higher Education Grants

Federal Register, April 24, 2008, Page 22138-22142




Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008


I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program: Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) Grants support efforts by higher education institutions to develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate, campus-based all-hazards emergency management planning efforts within the framework of the four phases of emergency management [Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery]. 

Priority: We are establishing this priority for the FY 2008 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).   

Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.   

This priority is:  Develop, or Review and Improve, and Fully Integrate Campus-Based All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning Efforts for Higher Education Institutions.  A program funded under this absolute priority must use the framework of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to:

    (1) Develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate a campus-
wide all-hazards emergency management plan that takes into account
threats that may be unique to the campus;
    (2) Train campus staff, faculty, and students in emergency
management procedures;
    (3) Ensure coordination of planning and communication across all
relevant components, offices, and departments of the campus;
    (4) Coordinate with local and State government emergency management
    (5) Develop a written plan with emergency protocols that include
the medical, mental health, communication, and transportation needs of
persons with disabilities, temporary special needs of individuals, and
other unique needs (including those arising from language barriers or
cultural differences such as specific clothing expectations) of
    (6) Develop or update a written plan that prepares the campus for
infectious disease outbreaks with both short-term implications for
planning (e.g., outbreaks caused by methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or food-borne illnesses) and long-term implications for planning (e.g., pandemic influenza); and
    (7) Develop or enhance a written plan for preventing violence on
campus by assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students
who may be at risk of causing campus violence by harming themselves or


Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 27, 2008. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 23, 2008.

Further Information

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Hill, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3E340, Washington, DC 20202- 6450. Telephone: (202) 708-9431 or by e-mail: If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: nara/index.html.