DHS Announces $1.5B in FY 2013 Preparedness Grant Allocations (8/26/13)
Monday, August 26, 2013 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced final allocations for seven fiscal year (FY) 2013 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program totaling more than $1.5 billion. Together with previous grant funding awarded since 2002, DHS has awarded more than $38 billion to these partners.

“The FY 2013 preparedness grants facilitate one of the department’s key priorities, establishing readiness and providing support and resources to our state, local and tribal partners as they take steps to prepare and build capabilities before events affect our communities,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “This past year alone, we saw the value of these grants and their ability to support important response efforts. We look forward to continue to work with our partners in cities and towns across the country.”

The FY 2013 grants focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. In FY 2013, DHS preparedness grants were subject to mandatory sequestration reductions, totaling $74 million.

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) provides more than $968 million for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats. Under HSGP, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) provides more than $354 million to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies. The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) provides nearly $559 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 25 high-threat, high-density areas. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) program provides more than $332 million to assist local, tribal, territorial and state governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides $10 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations. The Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program provides more than $9 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism.

The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides more than $93 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism and other issues. The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) provides more than $83 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

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