For Immediate Release: September 19, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Department of Emergency Management: Amanda Reidelbach, Amanda.Reidelbach@vdem.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $5.7 Million in Homeland Security Grant Awards

~99 projects across the Commonwealth will receive federal funding~

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that $5.7 million in federal funds will be awarded for 99 projects to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. 

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will administer the funds to support the ability of local governments to sustain a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs. 

“Whether it was the Pentagon on 9/11, Hurricane Isabel in 2003, and Snowmageddon in 2010, our first responders and local law enforcement agencies have been essential in protecting Virginians each and every time they are called on,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants will provide vital support to communities across the Commonwealth, and I am confident that they will go a long way toward building a stronger and more resilient Virginia.” 

Governor McAuliffe’s public safety and homeland security team initiated a stakeholder-driven process to determine how the grants would be allocated this year. 

"An inclusive grant process, where all stakeholders are involved, is the key to understanding the security needs of a community," said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran. "We will continue to build upon the foundation we have laid with these grants in our efforts to keep the citizens of our Commonwealth safe and secure." 

Old Dominion University assisted with scoring the graded proposals, based on a benefit-cost ratio, as requested by the public safety stakeholders.  

VDEM received 143 grant requests totaling more than $16 million. Only $2.6 million was available to allocate to localities from this year’s State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). Additionally, more than $555,000 was re-programmed from the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant programs to fund 7 projects. 

“Federal grants for emergency management and homeland security to Virginia have been cut nearly 70 percent since 2008, requiring us to be more strategic in how money is allocated in order to sustain the basic response capability that has been built up since 9/11,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, Virginia’s state coordinator for emergency management. “We asked our public safety partners from around the state to determine the priorities for this year’s grant process, and nearly 150 local leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS participated as peer-reviewers to grade and rank projects.” 

The grants have been awarded as follows: 

Sixty-six projects valued at $2.6 million will receive funding from the SHSP based on competitive assessment by peer reviewers. 

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Accomack County

Inoperable Communications for shelter operations

$10,600

Accomack County

Accessibility vehicle for Tangier

$20,000

Accomack County

Whole Community Outreach and Preparedness

$24,000

Albemarle County

Safe-At-Home

$10,000

Buckingham County

Bremo Radio Communication Site

$46,518

Buckingham County

Microwave Link replacement for Public Safety

$38,139

Chesapeake City

Mobile High Capacity Emergency Water Supply Equipment

$25,100

Chesapeake City

Technical Rescue Airbag Replacement

$48,150

Chesterfield County

Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Response Training

$14,000

Chesterfield County

Radiation Isotope Identification Detector

$20,000

Chesterfield County

Central Virginia Whole Community Outreach, Education, and Preparedness

$80,000

Chesterfield County

Rail Hazard and Flammable Liquid Response Equipment

$91,000

City of Hampton

Regional Citizen Corps project – Hampton and Poquoson

$42,000

City of Lexington

R.I.O.S._COMLINK Implementation Project

$41,510

City of Newport News

Multi-Agency eLearning - Community Preparedness Enhancement

$39,788

City of Newport News

Explosive Device-Active Threat-Mass Casualty Training

$56,208

City of Richmond

City of Richmond Rail Camera Project

$30,000

City of Richmond

Shelter Enhancement Regional Shelter Training

$57,775

Colonial Heights City

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Support

$12,250

Craig County

Roanoke Valley CERT Program

$18,000

Craig County

Backup Emergency Power for Shelter - connect backup Generator to our Red Cross Shelter

$58,220

Fredericksburg City

Mobile Dispatch Consoles

$68,473

Fredericksburg City

Mobile Surveillance Trailer Acquisition and Deployment

$76,614

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

MCI and MASS CARE capability sustainment

$59,500

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

CBRNE Pharmaceutical Stockpile – Nerve Agent Antidote and Antibiotics

$80,565

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Hampton Roads Regional Interoperable Communication Plan

$45,200

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Hampton Roads Overlay Regional Interoperability Network (ORION)

$85,000

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Hampton Roads Inclusive Emergency Planner

$80,000

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Hampton Roads Tactical Regional Area Network (HRTacRAN)

$85,000

Hanover County

Active Shooter Community Exercise

$16,815

Hanover County

Shelter Enhancement Shelter Supplies and Equipment

$66,150

Henrico County

2016-2017 Shelter Support

$11,000

Henrico County

IFLOWS Project

$15,000

Henrico County

Community Outreach and Preparedness Efforts

$15,000

Henrico County

Structural Collapse Training & Victim Access Equipment

$25,000

Henrico County

Unmanned Aerial Systems Development Project

$58,764

Hopewell City

Rescue Task Force Ballistic Protection

$16,200

Hopewell City

Firefighting Foam Operations Support

$34,000

James City County

Community Preparedness

$18,420

Lynchburg City

Chemical Protective Ensembles and Equipment

$27,700

Lynchburg City

VA16-SHSP-0055 Crisis Response Throw Phone System

$35,000

Mathews County

Emergency Shelter Safety Improvements

$30,000

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

MSAT Satellite Telephones for Regional Deployment

$58,409

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Regional Emergency Planner

$95,000

Newport News City

Recovery Capabilities Enhancement

$19,957

Newport News City

Shelter Capabilities Enhancement

$23,043

Newport News City

Community Preparedness

$27,400

Page County

Multi-Band Interoperable Trunked Radio Needs Assessment

$75,000

Page County

Regional CERT-Page County and Warren County

$11,500

Poquoson City

Tactical EMS Training

$27,070

Portsmouth City

Social Media Monitoring and Intelligence Collection (Scrubbing) Solution

$45,000

Prince George County

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Support

$12,250

Prince George County

Rescue Task Force Ballistic Protection

$16,200

Prince George County

PGFEMS  Jurisdictional  Interoperability Improvement

$39,700

Richmond City

Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Education

$15,000

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Central Virginia Regional THIRA and Homeland Security Strategy Update

$37,000

Roanoke County

Community Shelter Generator

$50,000

Shenandoah County

Regional Multi-band Interoperable Radio System Needs Assessment Project

$75,000

Smyth County

Protection for SERT Team

$39,036

Suffolk City

Suffolk Police Surveillance Camera Upgrade, Cellular Phones and Scopes

$19,270

Tazewell County

Southwest Region IV Incident Support Trailer

$65,000

Virginia Beach City

Community Emergency Response Team Program Enhancements and Support

$10,000

Westmoreland County

Complete the Implementation of Mobile Data Terminals for the Patrol Division

$14,695

Westmoreland County

Complete the Implementation of Mobile Data Terminals for the Fire Apparatus

$14,695

Wise County

Equipment purchases to help sustain the Wise County Sheriff's Office Tactical Team.

$53,850

York County

Community Preparedness

$23,500

Additionally, more than $555,000 was re-programmed from the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant programs to fund 7 projects. 

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Arlington County

Bomb Squad Operational Capability Upgrade

$64,000

Fairfax County

Incident management teams

$150,000

Fairfax County

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Fairfax County

Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Lynchburg City

Commodity Flow Study

$42,150

Manassas, City of

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Citizen Corps Program

$18,500

Middle Peninsula Planning District

Regional EOP Gap Analysis

$82,851

As requested by the public safety stakeholders, an additional $2.6 million has been allocated in non-competitive grants from the SHSP to fund 26 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, six technical rescue teams, three incident management teams, four Virginia radio communications caches and the Virginia Fusion Center. 

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Accomack County

State hazardous materials team

$76,600

Bristol

State hazardous materials team

$76,600

Bristol

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Chesapeake

Incident management teams

$150,000

Chesapeake

Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Chesterfield County

Incident management teams

$150,000

Chesterfield County

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Danville

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Fredericksburg

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Harrisonburg

State hazardous materials team (lead department – Central Shenandoah Valley RHMRT)

$80,000

Harrisonburg

Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Harrisonburg

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Henrico County

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Lunenburg County

Statewide strategic reserve - radio cache

$75,000

Lynchburg

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Montgomery County

Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$75,000

Newport News

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Portsmouth

State hazardous materials team (lead department – Southside RHMRT)

$90,000

Radford

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Roanoke City

State hazardous materials team (lead department – Roanoke Valley RHMRT)

$70,000

Roanoke City

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Virginia Beach

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

Virginia State Police

Fusion Center analysts (6)

$600,000

Virginia Tech

Incident management teams

$50,000

Winchester

State hazardous materials team (lead department – Winchester/Frederick County RHMRT)

$86,600

Wise County

State hazardous materials team

$76,600

 

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