Planning Section

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant

The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant strengthens adherence to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 by supporting public sector planning and training for prevention and response to hazardous materials emergencies involving transportation. Managed by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), some of the common uses for the HMEP grant include:

  • Developing, improving, and implementing emergency plans at all levels of government
  • Training public sector hazardous materials (hazmat) emergency response employees to respond to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials in transportation
  • Determining flow patterns of hazardous materials within a state, and between states
  • Supporting relevant agencies in attendance and participation in hazardous materials-focused seminars, conferences, and workshops nation-wide

Planning for activities, training, and exercises takes place through coordination with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), the Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Civil Support Team (103rd CST), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and various local, tribal, and borough governing entities in an attempt to tailor planning and training initiatives to the needs of the specific community, with specific emphasis on supporting the needs of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs). In recent years, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) has sponsored the following training via HMEP grant funds:

  • Hazardous Materials Technician Course, held yearly at the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) Training Center and certifying 25 first responders state-wide
  • Support to 103rd CST’s CBRNE Exercise formerly known as Exercise ORCA, now designated as Exercise Van Winkle
  • LEPC hazardous materials preparedness workshops in communities across the state, including: Kotzebue, Barrow, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Prince of Wales
  • Support to the PWSRCAC’s Marine Firefighter Symposium, held once every two years
  • Travel to the annual National Association of SARA Title III Professionals (NASTTPO) Conference
  • Travel to the annual Continuing Challenge Hazmat Workshop

Additional training and planning opportunities may be available to your organization or community, dependent upon review by the HMEP grant coordinator. For questions, comments, or concerns regarding the HMEP grant and potential opportunities, please contact Emergency Management Specialist II Colin Blair at 907-428-7084


State of Alaska's Emergency Planning Section

DHS&EM Planners are engaged in emergency planning efforts via two teams:
Community and Infrastructure Protection Planning and Hazard Mitigation. The program section manager is Paul Valley @ 428-7030.

  • Community and Infrastructure Protection Planning is led by Kim Weibl @ 428-7020.
  • Hazard Mitigation is led by Ann Gravier @ 428-7045.