DHS announces $1.8 billion in federal preparedness grants

Published 17 June 2009

Grants to states and localities aim to protect, prevent, respond, and recover from potential calamities this fiscal year

States and cities at risk of natural disasters and terrorism will receive nearly $1.8 billion in federal preparedness grants to protect, prevent, respond, and recover from potential calamities this fiscal year, according to DHS. “These grants provide direct support for regional preparedness, urban security, and medical response efforts in communities across the country,” said DHS secretary Janet Napolitano. “The new grants management initiative launched this year will generate better value for every grant dollar while strengthening our nation’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all disasters.”

The majority of that money — $1.7 billion — will go to the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). This is how the money will be allocated within the program, according to DHS.

  • 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 62 high-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.

The increase in total funds going to the HSGP is less than 1 percent over last year