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Federal Way offers matching funds for emergency preparedness

The City of Federal Way is offering $68,000 in matching funds to businesses, groups and organizations interested in preparing for emergencies and disasters.

The funds come from a 2007 allocation of $1.5 million that was set aside by the city council following the December 2006 storm. Three organizations were awarded $100,000 last year. They conducted five emergency preparedness projects.

Applicants must operate out of Federal Way. Non-profits and faith-based organizations are welcome, as well as other groups and businesses, to apply.

Grant funding is split into three categories:

• Emergency shelters: $30,000 will be set aside for projects aimed at developing or enhancing emergency shelters or warming/cooling centers.

• Overall emergency preparedness: Approximately $24,000 will be awarded to projects that contribute to the community's overall emergency preparedness.

• Emergency communications: About $14,000 will be awarded to projects that improve emergency communications or notification systems.

Awards will range from $2,000 to $30,000. Applications must be postmarked by April 30. Awardees will be chosen June 18. Projects must be completed by July 1, 2011.

To learn more, visit the city's Web site, www.cityoffederalway.com. To obtain an application, contact Ray Gross at (253) 835-2712 or ray.gross@cityoffederalway.com.

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