McAuliffe announces $6.1 million in homeland security grant awards

terry mcauliffeGovernor Terry McAuliffe 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

LocalityProject TitleAward
Accomack CountyInteroperable Communication Emergency Response Vehicle$60,000
Buena Vista, City ofRockbridge/Lexington/Buena Vista Mobile Incident Support Trailer$47,000
Caroline CountyThermal Imaging Cameras for the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)$10,797
Caroline CountyCaroline County Small Unmanned Aircraft System Equipment$33,000
Chesapeake, City of2017 All Hazards Community Preparedness & Engagement$12,000
Chesapeake, City ofFoam Team Equipment Sustainment$34,562
Chesapeake, City ofFlammable Liquid Firefighting Foam Team Training$68,934
Chesapeake, City ofChesapeake Police Department Intelligence Unit Equipment$69,766
Chesterfield CountyRegional Flammable Liquids Response Training$75,000
Colonial Heights, City ofCrater Regional Hazardous Materials Team Equipment$59,844
Commonwealth Regional Council PDCRegional Emergency Planner for Commonwealth Regional Council Region$50,000
Danville, City ofDanville Fire Department Technical Rescue Team Equipment$38,289
Dickenson CountyRural Terrain Response Vehicle$35,886
Fairfax, City ofEOC Video Wall$25,000
Fredericksburg, City ofBallistic Vests for Fire and EMS personnel$45,000
Hampton Roads PDCRegional Overnight Sheltering Drill for People with Disabilities (PWD)$15,000
Hampton Roads PDCPersonal Radiation Dosimeter (PRD) Equipment$40,000
Hampton Roads PDCMass Casualty Incident (MCI) Capability Sustainment$65,000
Hampton, City ofRegional Shelter Planning, Training, and Exercise$35,000
Hampton, City ofHampton and Poquoson Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)$42,000
Henrico County2017-2018 Henrico County Whole Community Preparedness and Outreach Programming (Ready Henrico Program)$15,000
Henrico CountyTechnical Rescue Training & Victim Access Equipment$34,000
Henry CountySheriff’s Office Focus 3-D Scanner$68,552
Hopewell, City ofRegional FLIR Thermal Image Camera$36,000
Hopewell, City ofHazardous Materials Commodity Flow Study$20,800
Hopewell, City ofFirefighting Foam Operations$31,000
James City CountyShelter and Mass Care Equipment for Communication and Tracking$11,098
James City CountyJames City County and the City of Williamsburg Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)$35,000
Lancaster CountyMiddle Peninsula/Northern Neck Regional Disaster Distribution Plan$82,366
Lancaster CountyMobile Data Terminals for Law Enforcement$12,044
Lexington, City ofRockbridge Regional Emergency Operations Plan$18,000
Manassas, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training$18,500
Middle Peninsula PDCMiddle Peninsula/Northern Neck Mass Casualty Functional Exercise$64,473
Middle Peninsula PDCMiddle Peninsula/Northern Neck Regional Debris Management Plan$43,000
Newport News, City ofCommunity Preparedness –   Micro Learning$19,325
Newport News, City ofCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT)$15,163
Newport News, City ofRegional Bomb Squad X-ray Equipment$59,000
Norfolk, City ofRegional CERT Equipment$21,000
Norfolk, City ofUpgrade Communication Interoperability for Command Post$23,117
Pittsylvania CountyRegional ISSI (Land Mobile Radios)$11,000
Powhatan County“Code Red” Public Alert and Warning System$10,000
Powhatan CountyEOC Backup Amateur Radio Communications$25,000
Prince William CountyPhysical Security Enhancements for Regional Public Safety Communication Sites$81,871
Richmond Regional PDCRegional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training & Exercise$10,000
Richmond Regional PDCCentral Virginia Shelter Supplies and Equipment$68,320
Richmond Regional PDCCentral Virginia Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Education$80,000
Richmond Regional PDCCentral Virginia Regional THIRA and Homeland Security Strategy Update$37,000
Richmond Regional PDCCentral Virginia Regional Emergency Management Planning Support$74,275
Richmond, City ofCentral Virginia Mass Care Shelter Training & Exercise$49,275
Richmond, City ofRegional Active Threat Training for First Responders$20,000
Richmond, City ofTactical Entry Equipment$20,000
Richmond, City ofInteragency Active Threat Response Equipment$50,000
Richmond, City ofCity of Richmond Police Department Bomb Squad Equipment Capability Sustainment$60,000
Roanoke, City ofRegional Tactical Training Equipment$37,105
Spotsylvania CountySheriff’s Office Regional UAS Program$45,150
Stafford CountyMobile Response, Recovery and Generator Support Trailer$80,000
Suffolk, City ofWestern Hampton Roads Portable Event Security Cameras$44,197
Virginia Beach, City ofVirginia Beach Medically Friendly Shelter Exercise$15,000
Virginia Beach, City ofVirginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT Training)$19,000
Westmoreland CountyProvide Network/Interoperable Radio Communications Equipment$15,200
Westmoreland CountyRegional Mini-Emergency Response Vehicle$14,759
Wise CountySouthwest Regional Mass Notification System$88,331
Wise CountyWise County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team Ballistic Protection Equipment$26,000
York CountyYork County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program$11,100
York CountyUnmanned Aircraft System (UAS)$40,000


Non-Competitive Grant Awards

LocalityProject TitleAward
Accomack CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$70,706
Alexandria, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$72,776
Bristol, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$52,721
Bristol, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Chesapeake, City ofIncident Management Team$150,000
Chesapeake, City ofRadio Cache Team$150,000
Chesterfield CountyTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Chesterfield CountyIncident Management Team$150,000
Danville, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$78,000
Fairfax CountyTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Fairfax CountyIncident Management Team$150,000
Franklin CountyIncident Management Team$50,000
Fredericksburg, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$8,000
Harrisonburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Harrisonburg, City ofRadio Cache Team$150,000
Harrisonburg, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$58,000
Henrico CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$8,000
Lunenburg CountyRadio Cache Team$55,000
Lynchburg, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Montgomery CountyRadio Cache Team$55,000
Newport News, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$78,706
Portsmouth, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$86,268
Roanoke, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$100,000
Roanoke, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$88,000
Virginia Beach, City ofTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Virginia State PoliceFusion Center$600,000
Winchester, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$84,000
Wise County, City ofState Hazardous Materials Team$76,750

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