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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Walton County Recognized in NEMA EM Performance Grant National Evaluation Congressional Report

Walton County Recognized in NEMA Emergency Management Performance Grant National Evaluation Congressional Report


In their recently published Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG): An Evaluation of the Nation’s Return on Investment Amid Coronavirus, The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) recognized Walton County for their process of Partnering for Success.


This report is part of the International Association of Emergency Managers report to Congress on EPMG Federal Funding.


This nationally released report from NEMA mentions only four locales, Walton County, Henderson, NV, the State of California and the State of Ohio.  The survey for response to use of EMPG grant funds was sent to over 3000 jurisdictions


Walton County was recognized as follows:


WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA: Partnerships for Success


During the Mussett Bayou Wildfire, Walton County Emergency Management in Florida flew night sorties with a Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in partnership with Florida State University to map wildfire hotspots that were not visible to the naked eye. This partnership was made possible by EMPG. The maps developed were then distributed to firefighting crews to effectively concentrate firefighting operations during daylight hours.


“This is just one of the many examples of the partnerships that we have developed over the years to benefit Walton County,” said Walton County Emergency Management Director, Jeff Goldberg.  “Although the Mussett Bayou fire was a very tragic event, through our partnership with Florida State, we have together developed a best practice in wildland firefighting support.”


The National Emergency Management Association

 The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our nation's security. NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors from all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.


Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)


The Emergency Management Performance Grant provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery mission areas.

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