2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting

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†††† WHEREAS, the Administrationís Fiscal Year 2005 Budget request to Congress proposes a 25 percent cap on the use of funds through the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program to support personnel; and for funding to be reduced by $9 million from Fiscal Year 2004; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG) is the single all hazards emergency preparedness grant program in support of capacity building at the state and local level; and

†††† WHEREAS, the EMPG program was created by Congress to be a 50/50 federal and state match program; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Budget proposal would devastate state and local emergency management programs, and consequently the nationís emergency response system.The National Emergency Management Association conducted an EMPG survey in late 2003 that revealed that approximately 1,522 or 42.9% of state level positions are supported in part by EMPG funds, and that 2,174 full-time and 1,146 part-time positions at the local level are supported by the EMPG program; and

†††† WHEREAS, without adequate numbers of state and local personnel to operate the emergency management system, the infrastructure used to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters and emergencies could collapse,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to reject the Administrationís proposed 25 percent cap on the use of EMPG funds for personnel; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the EMPG program should be fully funded in FY 2005.