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Hickory Metro County Among Recipients Of Grants From N.C. Emergency Management

North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) has announced the recipients of the 2024 Capacity Building Competitive Grant Program (CBCG). Details were revealed in a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. There is one Hickory Metro county on the list of 19 recipients.

The CBCG Program was authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly for FY24 in the amount of $1,925,578 with the purpose to provide funding for building local emergency management capabilities, closing preparedness, response, or recovery gaps, and to assist local emergency management agencies across the state with building capacity to effectively respond to all-hazards.

To be eligible for this grant program, Counties must have a population of 230,000 or fewer, based on the 2021 Certified County Population Estimates from the State Demographer, housed in the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. Among the grant recipients is Burke County. Burke has been awarded a grant of $107,000 for it’s Shelter Generator Transfer Switch Project.

The target priorities of the 2024 CBCG Program are increasing local mass care and human services capacity, reparedness initiatives, improving incident management/coordination capacity, improving Emergency Operations Center capabilities, to include technology initiatives for continuity of operations purposes, resiliency initiatives, and other targeted projects as identified by a local or regional Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).