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RICHMOND – In August of 2019, Governor Northam announced the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate more than $24 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.

The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is one of the six grant programs announced in August. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management received 126 grant requests totaling nearly $13.2 million to compete for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Fifty-four projects were awarded with a total of $2.5 million from competitive SHSP 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 fund a diverse group of programs such as community outreach and preparedness programs, interoperability efforts, sheltering programs, equipment enhancement and exercises.

As requested by the public safety stakeholders, an additional $3.9 million was allocated in non-competitive grants from this year’s State Homeland Security Program to fund 49 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, seven technical rescue teams, four incident management teams, five Virginia radio communications caches, 19 swift water and flood rescue teams, 2 unmanned aircraft systems teams and the Virginia Fusion Center.

Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative (HR UASI) was awarded $2.6 million to address the unique needs of this high-threat, high-density urban area. An additional $547,500 was awarded to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to allow hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations located within the Commonwealth and recognized to be at an increased risk of terrorist attack.

“Federal emergency management and homeland security grants to Virginia have been cut by nearly 70 percent since 2008, emergency managers throughout Virginia have worked to become more strategic about allocating limited funding to meet the greatest needs,” said State Coordinator Jeff Stern. “Nearly 200 local leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS representing communities throughout Virginia participated in evaluating potential projects to allocate this limited funding to do the most good.”

Competitive Projects – $2.5M

LocalityProjectsAward
Accomack CountyWhole Community Outreach and Preparedness$22,407
Arlington CountyFamily Assistance Operations Orientation Training$86,310
Augusta CountyCache of P25 Multi Band Land Mobile Radio Subscribers for Interoperability With Surrounding Agencies$65,000
Bedford CountyIncreasing Officer Safety Wellness and Reducing Capability Gaps During Night Operations$79,500
Bristol, City ofModifications for Mobile Generator Compatibility$30,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceCentral Virginia Regional Emergency Management Planning Support$74,275
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceRegional Community Emergency Response Team Training$15,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceCentral Virginia Mass Care Enhancement Training & Exercise$60,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceRegional Recovery Workshop and Inventory Project$25,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceCentral Virginia Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Education$80,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceCentral Virginia Training and Exercise Enhancement$20,000
Central Virginia Emergency Management AllianceCommand Post Enhancement Project$19,000
Chesapeake, City ofFlammable Liquid Firefighting Training for Foam Team$73,698
Chesapeake, City ofAll Hazards Citizen Preparedness and Engagement$13,500
Chesterfield CountyCentral Virginia Regional Flammable Liquids Training Grant$65,000
Chesterfield CountySmall Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Equipment$60,000
Colonial Heights, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) Support$12,250
Commonwealth Regional CouncilRegional Joint Information System Joint Information Center Plan for Crisis Communications$22,680
Commonwealth Regional CouncilRegional Family Assistance Center Plan$21,600
Craig CountyCitizen Emergency Response Team Training$15,550
Fairfax CountyCERTCON 2020 – 10th Annual National Capital Regional Community Emergency Response Conference$25,000
Fairfax CountyHazardous Material Response Team Technical Training $70,000
Fairfax, City ofFlammable Liquid Firefighting Training for Foam Team$26,800
Fredericksburg, City ofTIER II Reporting Software With First Responder Database$20,000
Hampton Roads Planning DistrictMCI and MASS CARE Capability Sustainment$75,000
Hampton Roads Planning DistrictCBRNE Pharmaceutical Stockpile – Nerve Agent Antidote and Antibiotics$72,000
Hampton, City ofRegional Citizen Corps Project Hampton and Poquoson$42,000
Hampton, City ofRegional Shelter Trailers for Hampton and Poquoson$57,500
Hampton, City ofSpectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Acquisition$83,000
Henrico CountyWhole Community Preparedness Outreach and Response Training$21,000
Henry CountyMobile Elevated Surveillance Platform $196,106
Hopewell, City ofRegional Tactical Response Capability Enhancement$37,000
Hopewell, City ofRegional Unmanned Aircraft System Training Academy$10,000
Hopewell, City ofRegional Foam Trailer Enhancement$30,000
James City CountyRegional Shelter Planning, Training, and Exercise $13,500
James City CountyRegional Citizen Corps Project $25,100
Lynchburg, City ofLong Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD)$24,517
Orange CountyBallistic Vests and Helmets for Fire and EMS$13,000
Page CountyRegional Community Emergency Response Team$18,550
Page CountyDigital Microwave Network$50,000
Patrick CountyPhysical Security Enhancement$28,460
Poquoson, City ofSpecial Operations Command Tow Vehicle$71,000
Prince George CountyCommunity Emergency Support Team and Preparedness Programs$12,250
Richmond, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team Program$12,350
Roanoke, City ofIncreasing Officer Safety Wellness and Reducing Capability Gaps During Night Operations$45,750
Russell CountyEmergency Operations Center Enhancement$49,741
Salem, City ofSpecial Operations Flammable Liquids Firefighting$45,850
Stafford CountyCommunity Emergency Response Team Sustainment$13,000
Virginia Beach, City ofHampton Roads Southside Regional Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)$58,000
Wise CountySouthwest Regional Mass Notification System$98,434
Wise CountyMass Care Equipment$65,000
Wise CountyImplementation of a Rescue Task Force to Provide Medical Assistance in Cases of Active Shooter Event$24,500
Wise CountyEquipment Purchases For Sheriff’s Office Tactical team$40,211
Wise CountyCBRNE, and Ballistic Regional Response Vehicle $148,000

Hampton Roads Urban Area Projects – $2.6M

Locality Projects Award
Chesapeake, City of Chesapeake Police Specialized Response Vehicle $283,900
Chesapeake, City of Hampton Roads Incident Management Team $81,902
Chesapeake, City of Regional Common Operating Picture Workgroup Phase 2 $300,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Planning $173,250
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Technical Analysis $210,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission All Hazards Regional Planner $100,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Regional Cybersecurity Assessment $150,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Complex Coordinated Terrorism Attacks $50,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission 2020 THIRA  SPR $60,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission MCI Transportation Package (Part I) – 4x Buses $336,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission MCI Transportation Package (Part II) – Gator Ambulance $65,000
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Personal Protective Equipment Replacement $98,000
James City County Armored Rescue and Critical Incident Response Vehicle $279,148
Port Authority of Virginia Maritime Domain Awareness $112,800
York County Regional UAS Video Streaming Systems $300,000

Non-Competitive Projects – $3.9M

LocalityTeamsAward
Alexandria (Arlington/Fairfax City)Swift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Arlington, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$35,700
Bedford CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Bristol, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$65,982
Bristol, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$28,950
Bristol, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Chesapeake, City ofIncident Management Team$95,000
Chesapeake, City of Radio Cache Team$67,750
Chesterfield CountyTechnical Rescue Team$85,776
Chesterfield CountyIncident Management Team$95,000
Chesterfield CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Crater RegionalSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Danville, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$19,683
Eastern ShoreState Hazardous Materials Team$30,200
Fairfax CountyRadio Cache Team$81,000
Fairfax CountyTechnical Rescue Team$59,000
Fairfax CountyIncident Management Team $95,000
Fairfax CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Fauquier CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Franklin CountyIncident Management Team$47,000
Franklin CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Fredrick County/Stephens CitySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Fredericksburg, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$13,307
Fredericksburg, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Harrisonburg, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$63,000
Harrisonburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$83,000
Harrisonburg, City ofUnmanned Aircraft System Team $30,000
Harrisonburg, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Harrisonburg, City of  Radio Cache Team$90,000
Henrico CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$48,000
Henrico CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Loudon County (Prince William)Swift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Lunenburg CountyRadio Cache Team$75,000
Lynchburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$91,750
Lynchburg, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Montgomery CountyRadio Cache Team$100,005
Newport News, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$39,000
Portsmouth, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$62,108
Richmond, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Roanoke, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$104,970
Roanoke, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$82,000
Roanoke, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Salem, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Spotsylvania CountySwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Virginia Beach, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$44,802
Virginia Beach, City ofSwift water/Flood Rescue Team$76,000
Virginia State PoliceVirginia Fusion Center$600,000
Winchester, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$58,000
Wise CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$66,327
York CountyUnmanned Aircraft System Team$30,000

Non Profit Security Grant Program – $547,500

Organization Locality Award
Congregation Beth El State $50,000
Chabad of Charlottesville State $75,000
Chabad of Virginia State $75,000
B’Nai Israel Congregation HRUASI $100,000
Beth Shalom Home of Eastern Virginia HRUASI $100,000
The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. HRUASI $47,500
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Inc. Jewish Community Center HRUASI $100,000
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