DHS Announces Nearly $1.8 Billion in Preparedness Grants

WASHINGTON

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today nearly $1.8 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preparedness grants designed to help states, urban areas, tribal governments and non-profit agencies improve their readiness by enhancing protection, prevention, response and recovery capabilities for all disasters.

According to a statement released by the DHS, preparedness grant program allocations for fiscal year 2009 include:

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)-$1.7 billion will be split between:

     

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)- $861.1 million will build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels through planning, equipment, and readiness activities.

  • Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)- $798.6 million will enhance urban preparedness capabilities in 62high-threat, high-density areas. The seven highest risk areas (Tier 1) were allocated approximately $439 million, or 55 percent of available funds, while the remaining areas (Tier 2) will receive approximately the remaining $359 million.

  • Metropolitan Medical Response System Program (MMRS)-$39.8 million, divided evenly among 124 MMRS jurisdictions, will improve regional mass casualty incident preparedness and response capabilities.

  • Citizen Corps Program (CCP)- $14.6 million will bring community and government leaders together to engage citizens in community preparedness, response and recovery activities.

  • State Homeland Security Program Tribal (SHSP Tribal)-$1.7 million will be provided directly to eligible tribal applicants to implement preparedness initiatives.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)- $15 million will support target-hardening activities at non-profit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack.

Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP)- $34 million will enhance catastrophic incident preparedness in selected high-risk urban areas and support technical assistance funding in FY 2009. RCPGP supports coordination of regional planning for catastrophic events.

Further information on preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and www.fema.gov/grants.

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