10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apr. 23, 2015
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen, VDEM
(804) 897-9730 or 674-2400
Virginia to Receive Homeland Security Grant Funds
National Capital region will receive a $1 million increase from the previous year
RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has allocated $7.4 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds to Virginia for fiscal year 2015. These grants are provided to strengthen the commonwealth’s ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. They are vital to the homeland security and emergency management community to help build, sustain and deliver programs to achieve a secure and resilient Commonwealth.
In addition, the National Capital region will receive $54 million for fiscal year 2015 as part of the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), a $1 million increase from the previous fiscal year. Although a UASI recipient last year, the Hampton Roads region was not chosen to receive a 2015 grant. UASI grants are provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention and typically include training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment.
“As a strategic partner in national defense, we are pleased DHS will provide funding this year to states with high-risk areas, like Virginia,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “But the loss of the Hampton Roads UASI funding this year is a disappointment. The expansion of the Port of Virginia and numerous critical military installations demonstrates the strategic value of the region to the nation’s economy and security.” Virginia will work with its congressional delegation and DHS to recognize the need to provide UASI funding for Hampton Roads next year.
Virginia’s proposal for the federal grants is developed with input from local and state governments, nonprofit organizations and others from throughout the commonwealth. The proposal identifies statewide and regional projects that will improve Virginia’s capabilities to plan for and respond to manmade and natural emergencies. Project submissions will open in June and funds will be distributed to localities for projects selected on a competitive basis by fall 2015.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971