Homeland Security Grant Funds 100 Projects in Virginia

January 12, 2016  //  

RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately $6.5 million in federal funds have been awarded for 100 projects to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) administered 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.

“Thanks to our partners at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Virginia has received funds that will make our citizens safer and better-prepared for emergencies,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern.

“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 Stern. “We asked our public safety partners from around the state to determine the priorities for this year’s grant process, and more than 110 local leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS participated as peer-reviewers to grade and rank projects.”

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

VDEM received 155 grant requests for approximately $17 million. Only $5.5 million was available to allocate to localities from this year’s State Homeland Security Program (SHSP).

Fifty-eight projects valued at $2.7 million have received funding from the SHSP based on competitive assessment by peer reviewers.

The grants have been awarded as follows:

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Albemarle County Communications equipment

$7,445

Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Russell and Wise counties, and the City of Norton Disaster management system for southwest jurisdictions

$65,796

Central Virginia Rail hazard and flammable liquid response equipment and training

$98,000

Chesapeake Response equipment

$60,000

Chesapeake Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$40,000

Chesterfield County Communications equipment

$92,650

Chesterfield County Equipment to handle hazardous chemicals

$95,000

Chesterfield County Regional emergency management planning

$106,500

Colonial Heights Hazardous materials response and detection equipment

$29,000

Danville Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$3,880

Franklin County Communications equipment

$108,873

Fredericksburg Regional incident information sharing and real-time resource tracking

$83,000

Galax E911 regional dispatch equipment

$68,999

Greene County Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$31,000

Halifax County Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$11,142

Hampton Shelter and mass care communications equipment

$14,583

Hampton Cyber security plan and exercise

$45,000

Hampton Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$37,000

Hampton Roads Personal protective equipment

$10,850

Hampton Roads Mass casualty incident and mass care equipment sustainment

$58,000

Henrico County High-risk dam facility exercise

$9,000

Henrico County Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$23,000

Henrico County Trailer mass casualty incident team

$55,000

Henrico County Regional swift water instructor/equipment

$60,000

Henrico County Alternative transport vehicle

$60,000

Hopewell Law enforcement protection equipment

$37,800

Hopewell Technical rescue team equipment

$42,540

Hopewell Communications equipment for Tri-Cities area

$56,000

Hopewell Shelter supplies and equipment

$88,448

James City County Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$18,420

James City County Shelter assessment

$22,500

James City County Interregional rail emergency plan

$42,500

Lancaster County Regional mass care equipment

$71,378

Middle Peninsula Planning District Develop a threat and hazards risk assessment for Middle Peninsula counties – phase 1

$21,000

Middle Peninsula Planning District Develop regional shelter partner list and memorandums of understanding for Middle Peninsula counties

$25,000

Middle Peninsula Planning District Workshops for amateur radio coordination in  the Middle Peninsula

$25,000

Middle Peninsula Planning District Regional emergency planner for the Middle Peninsula

$52,500

Middle Peninsula Planning District Develop threat and risk assessment  in the Middle Peninsula – phase 2

$31,000

Newport News Explosive ordnance detection bomb squad response equipment

$71,450

Norfolk Community sheltering equipment

$71,370

Norfolk Workshop on long-term degradation of interdependent critical infrastructures in Hampton Roads

$20,100

Page County Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$5,750

Poquoson Response equipment

$65,000

Richmond City Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$65,000

Richmond City Rail hazard and flammable liquid response training

$46,650

Richmond County Public alert and warning system

$7,385

Roanoke City Response equipment

$13,500

Roanoke City Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$15,500

Roanoke City Hazardous chemical handling equipment capability sustainment

$21,000

Roanoke City Sheltering and mass care equipment

$44,000

Salem Mobile response for law enforcement

$13,500

Tazewell County Southwest regional communications

$53,126

Tazewell County Portable communications tower trailer for the southwest region

$75,000

Williamsburg Citizen Corps program training and/or equipment

$31,998

Winchester Virtual training partnership and inter-jurisdictional communications

$47,820

Wise County Tactical team equipment

$49,070

Wise County Equipment to handle hazardous chemicals

$62,235

Wise County Southwest mass notification system

$114,581

Additionally, nearly $1 million has been re-programmed from the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant for 12 projects involving Northern Virginia localities. The Commonwealth is a partner in the UASI grant program with Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Alexandria Hazardous materials team

$35,121

Arlington Whole community outreach – Citizen Corps program

$36,100

Fairfax City Emergency operations center equipment

$7,500

Fairfax City Community resilience – emergency preparedness training

$12,000

Fairfax County Citizen Corps program – training and/or equipment

$9,100

Fairfax County Hazardous materials response team technical advanced training

$63,000

Fairfax County Incident management team

$200,000

Fairfax County Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Fairfax County Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Manassas Citizen Corps program

$18,500

Manassas Park Communications – radio equipment

$20,000

Virginia State Police Fusion Center analysts (2)

$339,000

As requested by the public safety stakeholders, an additional $2.8 million has been allocated in non-competitive grants from both the UASI and SHSP to fund 30 projects sustaining 16 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

$43,138

Bristol State hazardous materials team

$18,015

Bristol Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Chesapeake State hazardous materials team

$14,257

Chesapeake Incident management teams

$200,000

Chesapeake Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Chesterfield County Incident management teams

$150,500

Chesterfield County Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Danville State hazardous materials team

$31,033

Franklin County Incident management teams

$50,000

Frederick County State hazardous materials team

$23,900

Fredericksburg State hazardous materials team

$145,000

Harrisonburg Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Harrisonburg Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Henrico County State hazardous materials team

$30,000

Lunenburg County Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$75,000

Lynchburg Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Montgomery County Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Newport News State hazardous materials team

$38,500

Norfolk State hazardous materials team

$32,600

Portsmouth State hazardous materials team

$70,000

Radford State hazardous materials team

$102,000

Roanoke City State hazardous materials team

$69,400

Roanoke City Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Rockingham County State hazardous materials team

$45,469

Salem State hazardous materials team

$89,500

Virginia Beach Technical rescue team equipment

$75,000

Virginia State Police Fusion Center analysts (6)

$600,000

Winchester State hazardous materials team

$28,000

Wise County State hazardous materials team

$86,000

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Dawn Eischen
Phone: (804)  897-9730 or (804) 674-2400
Email: Dawn.Eischen@vdem.virginia.gov
Address: 10501 Trade Court | Richmond, Virginia | 23226

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