The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) awards grant with funds received from the federal government; fees collected from facilities within the state which must comply with reporting requirements mandated by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), sections 312 through 313.
The SERC also receives funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Hazardous Materiais Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant for planning and training activities
Grant requests must support state or local hazardous materials emergency response plans and must relate to the risk analysis contained in the plans. Each grant request amount is limited as indicated in the application. Eligible Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) will receive an automatic $4,000 in the Operation category of the SERC grant. Grants are made to any eligible LEPC or state agency to further response capabilities of first responders to hazardous materials incidents. Funding may be requested to train, equip, and/or improve local planning for such contingencies.
LEPCs are required to submit a hazardous materials emergency response plan for approval by the SERC. Failure to have an approved plan will result in the LEPC being ineligible for funding from the SERC until the next plan review cycle.
The SERC also collects fees from the sale of United We Stand (UWS) license plates. The fees are provided to support preparedness to combat terrorism pursuant to NRS 459.735.
LEPCs and other grantees must comply with administrative requirements set forth in the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) and SERC policies. Failure to comply with administrative requirements will result int he LEPC or other grantees being ineligible for funding from the SERC until the next grant cycle.
Awards for grants will be provided on a reimbursement basis with the ability to request an advance for expenses over $2,000.