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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is sponsoring the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) to help eligible
communities impacted by federally declared disasters in 2011, 2012 and 2013 become more resilient. The NDRC is a two-phase process that will
competitively award nearly $1 billion in HUD Disaster Recovery funds to the most impacted, distressed and needy eligible communities. The grant
opportunity is called the Community Block Development Grant-National Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR). The State of Alaska is one of 67
applicants eligible to apply on behalf of its impacted communities.
As a result of the HUD’s funding announcement on September 17, 2014, the State formed a state interagency working group (SIWG) consisting of the
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM), Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Alaska Housing Finance
Corporation (AHFC), and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The SIWG submitted a 45-page threshold review to HUD in October
2014 to determine if its disaster-impacted communities are eligible for project funding per HUD’s Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA). After
feedback from the threshold review and attendance at a HUD-sponsored Resilience Academy, the SIWG submitted its Phase 1 eligibility application.
That application is currently under review by HUD. HUD will determine which eligible applicants will be invited to Phase 2 (the project, or “money”
phase) by mid-June 2015.
During the Phase 1 application period, the SIWG solicited partners to work with the SIWG in its application development work. Partner letters of
commitment can be found under the State Phase 1 Application, Attachment A Partner Documentation. SIWG organizations and members are listed
DMVA/DHS&EM, Ann Gravier (lead facilitator), firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-428-7045
DMVA/DHS&EM, Michelle Torres, email@example.com, 907-428-7032
DCCED/DCRA, Sally Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-269-4588
AHFC, Mark Romick, email@example.com, 907-330-8274
DEC/DEH-Solid Waste, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-451-2174
There is a 1.6Gb directory of supporting data that is reference in the application. Please request specific referenced data/files from
For further information, contact Sally Cox, Division of Community and Regional Affairs, email@example.com, 907-269-4588.
The Rockefeller Foundation for a Resilience Academy in Denver provided the Alaska team access to subject matter experts and resources to aid them in developing project proposals for Phase 2 of the Community Development Block Grant- National Disaster Resilience Competition.
State of Alaska’s application for Phase 2 of the Community Development Block Grant-National Disaster Resilience
The public is invited to participate in the development of the State of Alaska’s application for Phase 2 of the Community Development Block Grant-National Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR) FR-5800-N-29A2.
More information on the National Competition can be found at 2014 NDR NOFA
A public comment period will be held during the weeks of October 2, 2015 through October 17, 2015 for the Application’s Executive Summary, Factor Narratives, Eligibility, National Objective and Overall Benefit, Threshold requirements documentation and all Exhibits A-G, and Attachments D and F.
Anyone interested in commenting on the CDBG-NDR application can submit their comments to Mva.DHSEM.PublicComments@alaska.gov or mail them directly to DHS&EM, Attention: Michelle Torres-CDBG-NDRC, PO blocks-body-white 5750, JBER, AK 99505
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7-9pm at AHFC Headquarters Building, 4300 Boniface Parkway, Anchorage, Alaska. Meeting will be in the first floor boardroom. The call in number is 1-800-315-6338, conference code: 4287045#
You can find more information on the DHS&EM website at:
DMVA and DHS&EM comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals with disabilities who may need special accommodations to participate in this public comment period should contact Michelle Torres at the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at 907-428-7032 no later than October 12, 2015 to make necessary arrangements.
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Mr. Michael "Mike" Sutton was appointed as acting director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) within the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on December 11, 2017. He was appointed Deputy Director on June 5, 2015.
Mr. Sutton started his career with the State of Alaska in November of 2005. Mike was the Exercise Program manager in the DHS&EM Preparedness Branch where he planned, coordinated, executed and evaluated the largest homeland security exercise in Alaska's history - Alaska Shield 07.
Following a highly successful exercise and after more than 28 years of public service, Mr. Sutton ventured into the private sector and started his own business. As president of Alaska's leading veteran-owned emergency management consulting firm, he won contracts for developing an Emergency Operations Plan for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic outpost at McMurdo Station, writing the Alaska Catastrophic Response Plan for FEMA Region X, creating the first Regional Tribal Response Plan for FEMA, and updating emergency operations plans for dozens of Alaska's borough's and communities.
Mr. Sutton retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 25 years of service with over 2,400 hours in the F-4E and RC-135 aircraft.
Mr. Sutton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University graduating in 1978, and completed post-graduate work in Leadership, Management, and Cultural Diversity. Mr. Sutton is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer's School, completed Air Command and Staff College, and is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman and can be found on most weekends with his wife Alisha on one of Alaska's many hiking trails or on their boat out in Prince William Sound. They have 3 grown children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Army Guard Road,
JBER, AK 99505