For Immediate Release: October 13, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $6.1 Million in Homeland Security Grant Awards

 

RICHMOND—Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate more than $6.1 million through various federal grant programs to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. The funds will be administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments. 

“Virginia’s local first responders have been called upon time and again to respond to natural and manmade events impacting our Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These brave men and women have stepped up to protect their fellow Virginians when tornadoes ripped across Virginia in February 2016, when Hurricane Matthew caused massive flooding in Hampton Roads last October, and most recently when civil unrest spawned violence and tragedy in Charlottesville.The strategic investment of these federal homeland security grants will fund vital projects to enhance Virginia’s strength and resilience against all threats.”

“The inclusive and detailed grant review process, taking into account stakeholder expertise to understand the security needs facing communities across the Commonwealth, will allow us to use our limited grant funds to support the most critical needs facing our first responders,” said Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management received 139 grant requests totaling more than $12 million to compete for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Sixty-six projects were awarded a total of $2.5 million from competitive State Homeland Security Program funds. The Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University manages the peer-review process conducted by Virginia’s public safety stakeholders for competitive grants, and scores proposals based upon benefit-cost ratios. Awards have funded a diverse group of programs such as community outreach and preparedness programs, interoperability efforts, railroad safety initiatives, sheltering programs, and active shooter exercises.

As requested by the public safety stakeholders, an additional $2.6 million was allocated in non-competitive grants from the this year’s State Homeland Security Program to fund 29 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, seven technical rescue teams, four incident management teams, four Virginia radio communications caches, and the Virginia Fusion Center. 

Lastly, $1 million was awarded to the Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative (HR UASI) to address the unique needs of this high-threat, high-density urban area. An additional $75,000 was awarded to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to allow hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations located within the HR UASI and recognized to be at an increased risk of terrorist attack.

“While federal grants to Virginia for emergency management and homeland security have been cut by nearly 70 percent since 2008, Virginia has worked to become more strategic in how money is allocated to meet our security needs,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, VDEM’s State Coordinator for Emergency Management. “More than 200 local public safety leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue and EMS agencies across the Commonwealth participated in determining the priorities for this year’s grant process.”

Competitive Grant Awards

Locality

Project Title

Award

Accomack County

Interoperable Communication Emergency Response Vehicle

$60,000

Buena Vista, City of

Rockbridge/Lexington/Buena Vista Mobile Incident Support Trailer

$47,000

Caroline County

Thermal Imaging Cameras for the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)

$10,797

Caroline County

Caroline County Small Unmanned Aircraft System Equipment

$33,000

Chesapeake, City of

2017 All Hazards Community Preparedness & Engagement

$12,000

Chesapeake, City of

Foam Team Equipment Sustainment

$34,562

Chesapeake, City of

Flammable Liquid Firefighting Foam Team Training

$68,934

Chesapeake, City of

Chesapeake Police Department Intelligence Unit Equipment

$69,766

Chesterfield County

Regional Flammable Liquids Response Training

$75,000

Colonial Heights, City of

Crater Regional Hazardous Materials Team Equipment

$59,844

Commonwealth Regional Council PDC

Regional Emergency Planner for Commonwealth Regional Council Region

$50,000

Danville, City of

Danville Fire Department Technical Rescue Team Equipment

$38,289

Dickenson County

Rural Terrain Response Vehicle

$35,886

Fairfax, City of

EOC Video Wall

$25,000

Fredericksburg, City of

Ballistic Vests for Fire and EMS personnel

$45,000

Hampton Roads PDC

Regional Overnight Sheltering Drill for People with Disabilities (PWD)

$15,000

Hampton Roads PDC

Personal Radiation Dosimeter (PRD) Equipment

$40,000

Hampton Roads PDC

Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Capability Sustainment

$65,000

Hampton, City of

Regional Shelter Planning, Training, and Exercise

$35,000

Hampton, City of

Hampton and Poquoson Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

$42,000

Henrico County

2017-2018 Henrico County Whole Community Preparedness and Outreach Programming (Ready Henrico Program)

$15,000

Henrico County

Technical Rescue Training & Victim Access Equipment

$34,000

Henry County

Sheriff's Office Focus 3-D Scanner

$68,552

Hopewell, City of

Regional FLIR Thermal Image Camera

$36,000

Hopewell, City of

Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Study

$20,800

Hopewell, City of

Firefighting Foam Operations

$31,000

James City County

Shelter and Mass Care Equipment for Communication and Tracking

$11,098

James City County

James City County and the City of Williamsburg Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

$35,000

Lancaster County

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Regional Disaster Distribution Plan

$82,366

Lancaster County

Mobile Data Terminals for Law Enforcement

$12,044

Lexington, City of

Rockbridge Regional Emergency Operations Plan

$18,000

Manassas, City of

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

$18,500

Middle Peninsula PDC

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Mass Casualty Functional Exercise

$64,473

Middle Peninsula PDC

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Regional Debris Management Plan

$43,000

Newport News, City of

Community Preparedness –   Micro Learning

$19,325

Newport News, City of

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

$15,163

Newport News, City of

Regional Bomb Squad X-ray Equipment

$59,000

Norfolk, City of

Regional CERT Equipment

$21,000

Norfolk, City of

Upgrade Communication Interoperability for Command Post

$23,117

Pittsylvania County

Regional ISSI (Land Mobile Radios)

$11,000

Powhatan County

“Code Red” Public Alert and Warning System

$10,000

Powhatan County

EOC Backup Amateur Radio Communications

$25,000

Prince William County

Physical Security Enhancements for Regional Public Safety Communication Sites

$81,871

Richmond Regional PDC

Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training & Exercise

$10,000

Richmond Regional PDC

Central Virginia Shelter Supplies and Equipment

$68,320

Richmond Regional PDC

Central Virginia Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Education

$80,000

Richmond Regional PDC

Central Virginia Regional THIRA and Homeland Security Strategy Update

$37,000

Richmond Regional PDC

Central Virginia Regional Emergency Management Planning Support

$74,275

Richmond, City of

Central Virginia Mass Care Shelter Training & Exercise

$49,275

Richmond, City of

Regional Active Threat Training for First Responders

$20,000

Richmond, City of

Tactical Entry Equipment

$20,000

Richmond, City of

Interagency Active Threat Response Equipment

$50,000

Richmond, City of

City of Richmond Police Department Bomb Squad Equipment Capability Sustainment

$60,000

Roanoke, City of

Regional Tactical Training Equipment

$37,105

Spotsylvania County

Sheriff's Office Regional UAS Program

$45,150

Stafford County

Mobile Response, Recovery and Generator Support Trailer

$80,000

Suffolk, City of

Western Hampton Roads Portable Event Security Cameras

$44,197

Virginia Beach, City of

Virginia Beach Medically Friendly Shelter Exercise

$15,000

Virginia Beach, City of

Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT Training)

$19,000

Westmoreland County

Provide Network/Interoperable Radio Communications Equipment

$15,200

Westmoreland County

Regional Mini-Emergency Response Vehicle

$14,759

Wise County

Southwest Regional Mass Notification System

$88,331

Wise County

Wise County Sheriff's Office Tactical Team Ballistic Protection Equipment

$26,000

York County

York County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

$11,100

York County

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

$40,000

 

Non-Competitive Grant Awards

Locality

Project Title

Award

Accomack County

State Hazardous Materials Team

$70,706

Alexandria, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$72,776

Bristol, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$52,721

Bristol, City of

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Chesapeake, City of

Incident Management Team

$150,000

Chesapeake, City of

Radio Cache Team

$150,000

Chesterfield County

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Chesterfield County

Incident Management Team

$150,000

Danville, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$78,000

Fairfax County

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Fairfax County

Incident Management Team

$150,000

Franklin County

Incident Management Team

$50,000

Fredericksburg, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$8,000

Harrisonburg, City of

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Harrisonburg, City of

Radio Cache Team

$150,000

Harrisonburg, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$58,000

Henrico County

State Hazardous Materials Team

$8,000

Lunenburg County

Radio Cache Team

$55,000

Lynchburg, City of

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Montgomery County

Radio Cache Team

$55,000

Newport News, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$78,706

Portsmouth, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$86,268

Roanoke, City of

Technical Rescue Team

$100,000

Roanoke, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$88,000

Virginia Beach, City of

Technical Rescue Team

$50,000

Virginia State Police

Fusion Center

$600,000

Winchester, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$84,000

Wise County, City of

State Hazardous Materials Team

$76,750

 

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