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DHS’ Grants Will Pay For Surveillance Systems

The 12 grant programs seek to provide $2.1 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is overseeing 12 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants programs for 2011, and 11 of those grants will pay for “physical security equipment” including surveillance systems, or other video related devices, according to FEMA.

The 12 DHS grant programs seeks to provide $2.1 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening the nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies, DHS says.

“The FY 2011 homeland security grants are focused on mitigating and responding to the evolving threats we face," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

The grants focus on the highest risk cities that continue to face the most significant threats, while continuing to provide dedicated funding to law enforcement throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre- operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. The 9/11 Commission recommended that homeland security funds be allocated “based strictly on an assessment of risks and vulnerabilities” to focus limited funding in the highest risk areas.

The grant guidance also incorporates feedback from DHS’ state, local, tribal and territorial and private sector partners and includes specific steps undertaken by DHS to improve the ability of state and local partners to apply for and utilize grant funding. The 11 grants that will fund physical security equipment, and information on each are:

Driver's License Security Grant Program (DLSGP)—more than $44 million to help states and territories improve security of state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards in order to prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and enhance the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.

Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program—more than $329 million to assist state and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all- hazards emergency management capabilities.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program—more than $14 million to support the construction or renovation of Emergency Operations Centers to improve state, local or tribal emergency management and preparedness capabilities to ensure continuity of operations during disasters. Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—more than $4 million to support security measures including plans, facility security upgrades and vehicle and driver protection for fixed-route intercity and charter bus services that serve UASI jurisdictions.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—more than $18 million to support target-hardening activities at non-profit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the FY2011 UASI-eligible urban areas.

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)—more than $54 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among federal, state, territorial, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—more than $235 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness and strengthen risk management capabilities in order to protect against improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—more than $526 million to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels. The 9/11 Act requires states to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP appropriated funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, organization, training, exercise and equipment activities.

Transit Security Grant Program—more than $200 million to owners and operators of transit systems (including intracity bus, commuter bus, ferries, and all forms of passenger rail) to protect critical surface transportation and increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—$10 million to eligible tribal applicants to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)—more than $662 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 31 high-threat, high-density areas. In order to focus limited resources to mitigate and respond to evolving threats, the 11 highest risk areas (Tier 1) will be eligible for more than $540 million, while the remaining 20 urban areas, designated Tier II will be eligible for more than $121 million. The 9/11 Act requires states to dedicate 25 percent of UASI appropriated funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented activities.

The deadline for Transit Security Grant Program applications is July 5, 2011.

The deadline for the remaining grant applications is June 20, 2011. For more information on DHS’ preparedness grant programs go to www.dhs.gov or www.fema.gov/government/grant/nondisaster.shtm.

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