Is a KCEM required for EMPG?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the requirement to maintain an Emergency Manager certification has been waived until January 1, 2023. A county that was never in the Kansas EMPG grant program or a county that formerly was in EMPG but dropped out in the past and now wants back in are both categorized for our purposes as "New Starts". A New Start county would have to have their Emergency Manager (EM) meet all of the Kansas state statute requirements for Emergency Management (KAR 56-2-2), which would include being a currently certified EM. In Kansas, the 2 recognized certification programs are the KCEM obtained through the Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA), or the CEM obtained through the IAEM (international certification).

For counties that are already in the EMPG program, a new EM has 2 years to get certified, or an existing EM has to keep their certification current. Again, that is not a FEMA EMPG grant requirement, but rather is required by Kansas statute, so it is expected of all 105 county emergency managers, not just the approximately 68 that receive EMPG funding.

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1. How do I know if our county qualifies to become an EMPG county?
2. What reports are required to be filed with KDEM?
3. Why does it take so long to receive our reimbursement checks?
4. How can I fill out EMPG application budget information if I don't know how much we're getting?
5. When do I need to update LEOP?
6. What forms are due when?
7. How do I know if I have the most current forms?
8. Is a KCEM required for EMPG?
9. Is EMPG a binding contract?
10. How does KDEM determine how much EMPG funds the counties will receive?
11. My commissioners are not interested in EMPG, but I think we should apply. Is there someone at KDEM that would talk to my commissioners?
12. If my county is not an EMPG county, do I have to do anything?
13. What are EMPG funds intended for?
14. What are the current EMPG allowable costs?
15. What do I need to submit with my county's EMPG application?
16. What do I need to submit for my county's EMPG Reports / Reimbursement Requests?
17. Who do we contact if we have questions about EMPG?
18. I need help completing a form. Who should I contact?
19. Do I need to submit original signatures or are faxed/scanned originals sufficient?