06.16.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $150 MILLION COMING TO NEW YORK CITY TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERROR ATTACKS

DHS Grants will Provide Funding to High-Threat Urban Areas and Nonprofit Organizations That Are at High Risk for Terrorist AttacksSchumer: New York City Has Extensive Security Needs and These Funds Will Go A Long Way Towards Addressing Them

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has allocated a total of $145,137,750 to New York City for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), $4,199,757 for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and $3,617,000 for the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Program (RCPGP). The UASI Grants are part of the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) designed to enhance the ability of state, territory, local and tribal governments to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters.  The UASI programs provide funding to select highthreat, highdensity urban areas and nonprofit organizations that are at high risk for terrorist attack s to help them prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.  The funding is part of a total of $798,631,250 in UASI funding to 62 urban areas and 308 nonprofit organizations across the country. RCPGP is intended to support coordination of regional allhazard planning for catastrophic events.
 
"New York City has extensive security needs and the burden shouldn't be placed on tax payers to foot the whole bill. This funding will help reduce the burden and allow our local law enforcement to deal with terrorism and at the same time deal with equally important day to day duties," Schumer said.
 
Today, Senator Schumer announced that the Department of Homeland Security will allocate a total of $152,954,507 to the New York City area to help prepare for and protect against terrorist attacks.
 
The funding will be administered as follows:
 
·        $145,137,750 through the Urban Areas Security Initiative awards program which focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. The UASI program directly supports the National Priority on expanding regional collaboration in the National Preparedness Guidelines and is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery.
 
·        $4,199,757 through the Urban Areas Security Initiative and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) awards program provides funding support for targethardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and are located within one of the specific UASIeligible Urban Areas.
 
·        $3,617,000 through the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Program which aims to enhance catastrophic incident preparedness in Tier 1 and selected Tier 2 UASI Urban Areas.  RCPGP is intended to support coordination of regional allhazard planning for catastrophic events, including the development of integrated planning communities, plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.
 
The core mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to enhance the ability of state, territory, local and tribal governments to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters.  The HSGP is a primary funding mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities.  Per the 9/11 Act and the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110329), states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of their UASI award funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. 
 
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