2021 EMPG Survey

2021 EMPG Survey

IAEM-USA is conducting our 14th annual survey seeking information from U.S. local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. We need your help!

Purpose of the EMPG Survey

The emergency management community has made significant progress in recent years, educating members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding  particularly EMPG funding  in building such programs. IAEM and the National Emergency Management (NEMA) worked in close collaboration during the summer of 2020 to secure an additional $100 million for EMPG to help support the coordinated pandemic response. In addition, we successfully maintained level funding for FY 2021. Even so, there are many competing demands for federal funding, so we must continue to demonstrate the value of this program to our elected officials in FY 2021 and beyond.

  • Joint Effort: As in previous years, IAEM is conducting this survey as a joint effort with NEMA. NEMA is using a separate survey for state directors to report on state activities, while IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. 
  • Joint Report: Once the data is compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Biden Administration. For the jurisdictions that have completed this survey in the past, this year's survey will look very similar to previous surveys with a couple of new questions related to the CARES Act.

Importance of Narrative Questions in the Survey

The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. If you have examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity, we would like to cite those in our effort to paint the picture on the importance of EMPG.

Online Survey Link and Practice PDF Version

  • Please complete the online survey here.
  • To help you gather the data you will need to complete the survey, a practice PDF-version of the survey is available for viewing or download here, but please use the online survey link to input your information.

Survey Deadline

  • The deadline for the 2021 EMPG Survey is: 6:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 19, 2021
  • If you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you can return to your survey from the same computer at any time before 6:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 19 to finish by following the online survey link.


  • If you have any technical problems or questions with the survey, please contact Julie Husk.
  • If you have any questions about the survey questions, please contact Thad Huguley.