Last Friday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the final allocations for seven FY 2012 Preparedness Grant programs will total more than $1.3 billion. That kind of money deserves a “heads up” blog post.
According to the announcement, grant funding will “assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal (NPG).”
The seven FY 2012 allocations are as follows:
- Homeland Security Grant Program: more than $830 million for states and urban areas to prevent and protect against acts of terrorism and other threats. The total includes $294 million for the states, $490 million for urban areas, and $46 million to enhance cooperation among agencies to enhance security along U.S. borders.
- Emergency Management Performance Grants Program: more than $339 million to assist state and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities
- Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: $6 million to tribal applicants to implement preparedness initiatives
- Nonprofit Security Grant Program: $10 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack
- Intercity Passenger Rail (Amtrak) Program: $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system
- Port Security Grant Program: more than $97 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, and strengthen risk management capabilities
- Transit Security Grant Program: more than $87 million to owners and operators of transit systems
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