Northam announces allocation of $7 million in Homeland Security grant awards

ralph northamGovernor Ralph Northam announced the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate over $7 million in federal grant awards 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 emergency management personnel and first responders work tirelessly to protect their fellow Virginians and ensure public safety,” said Governor Northam. “These grants are funding a diverse group of projects in communities across Virginia, further enhancing our resiliency and improving the Commonwealth’s ability to prepare for and respond to all hazards.”

“Virginia has elected to use an inclusive and detailed grant review process, incorporating stakeholder expertise to understand the security needs across the Commonwealth to allow us to use our limited grant funds to support the most critical needs facing our first responders,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

VDEM received 110 grant requests totaling nearly $8 million to compete for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Forty-eight projects were awarded a total of $2.2 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 including community outreach and preparedness programs, interoperability efforts, sheltering programs, equipment enhancement and exercises.

As requested by public safety stakeholders, an additional $2.5 million was allocated in non-competitive grants from this year’s State Homeland Security Program to fund 30 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, seven technical rescue teams, four incident management teams, four Virginia radio communications caches and the Virginia Fusion Center.

Furthermore, $1.5 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 $821,179 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.

“Federal emergency management and homeland security grants to Virginia have been cut by nearly 70 percent since 2008, and emergency managers throughout Virginia have worked to become more strategic about allocating our limited funding to meet the greatest needs,” said VDEM’s State Coordinator for Emergency Management 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 Grant Awards

Accomack CountyAll-Weather Response Vehicle$42,600
City of  Buena VistaRegional Heavy-Duty Emergency Response Vehicle$69,500
Central Shenandoah Planning District CommissionStaunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan$24,000
City of ChesapeakeFoam Team Equipment Sustainment$59,943
City of  ChesapeakeFlammable Liquid Firefighting Training for Foam Team$71,698
Chesterfield CountyRegional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training$10,000
Chesterfield CountyRadiation Equipment for the Chesterfield Fire and EMS Hazardous Incident Team$12,000
Chesterfield CountyCentral Virginia Regional Flammable Liquids Training$75,000
Chesterfield CountyWhole Community Preparedness Outreach and Response Training$15,000
Commonwealth Regional CouncilVolunteer, Donation Management, and Coordination Plan$19,475
Fairfax CountyFoam Team Training and Equipment$50,000
Fairfax CountyNorthern Virginia UAS Program Enhancement$75,011
City of FredericksburgCommand Vehicle Technology and Functionality Upgrades$84,000
Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response SystemMass casualty incident and mass care capability sustainment$70,000
Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response SystemPoint of Care Ultrasound – replacement$73,500
City of HamptonRegional Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle$64,000
City of HamptonRegional CERT project – Hampton and Poquoson$37,327
Henrico CountyHenrico County Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Development and Exercise Project$25,000
Henrico CountyCommodity Flow Study and Emergency Operations Plan Appendix Update Project$40,000
Henrico CountyCourthouse Full Scale Exercise$60,000
Henrico CountyCentral Virginia Emergency Management Alliance Regional Recovery Framework Project$50,000
City of HopewellRegional Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Equipment$34,000
City of HopewellCentral Virginia Regional Emergency Management Planning$74,275
City of HopewellCrater Regional Hazmat Team Equipment$71,000
City of HopewellCrater Regional Technical Rescue Team Equipment$55,000
James City CountyRegional Preparedness Campaign$15,550
James City CountyRegional Point of Distribution Plan$20,010
James City CountyRegional CERT Project$35,000
Middle Peninsula Planning District CommissionRe-Entry and Access Authorization Plans for Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Localities$44,050
Middle Peninsula Planning District CommissionRegional Emergency Planner$49,500
New Kent CountyNew Kent County CERT Program$29,447
City of Newport NewsCommunity Preparedness – Regional eLearning and CERT$26,500
City of NortonInteroperable VHF repeater$23,099
Page CountyRegional CERT – Page County and Warren County$18,550
City of RichmondCity of Richmond CERT Program$12,000
City of RichmondCity of Richmond Preparedness Campaign$65,000
City of RichmondCentral Virginia Sheltering & Mass Care Enhancement Supplies and Equipment$61,488
City of RichmondCentral Virginia Whole Community Preparedness Outreach and Education$80,000
City of RichmondCentral Virginia Mass Care Enhancement Training and Exercise$42,000
Russell CountyRegional CERT Program$45,776
Shenandoah CountySheriff’s Office Court Security Cameras$34,500
Spotsylvania CountySheriff’s Office Prevention and Response Patrol Boat$82,892
Tazewell CountyRegional Interoperability Strengthening$55,890
Westmoreland CountyCounty Wide Incident Command and Control Project$13,500
City of WinchesterCity of Winchester UAS equipment$29,879
Wise CountySouthwest Regional Mass Notification System$88,331
Wise CountyRegional Response Vehicle Ballistic Protection Upgrades$21,000
Wise CountyEquipment Sustainment of Wise County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team$36,000

Non-Competitive Grant Awards

Accomack CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$59,000
City of BristolState Hazardous Materials Team$52,000
City of BristolTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
City of ChesapeakeIncident Management Team$95,000
City of ChesapeakeRadio Cache Team$82,000
Chesterfield CountyTechnical Rescue Team$86,000
Chesterfield CountyIncident Management Team$95,000
City of DanvilleState Hazardous Materials Team$56,347
Fairfax CountyTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Fairfax CountyIncident Management Team$95,000
Fairfax CountyRadio Cache Team$71,000
Franklin CountyIncident Management Team$47,000
City of FredericksburgState Hazardous Materials Team$34,211
City of HarrisonburgTechnical Rescue Team$89,000
City of HarrisonburgRadio Cache Team$105,000
City of HarrisonburgState Hazardous Materials Team$50,455
City of HarrisonburgUnmanned Aircraft System Team$15,000
Henrico CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$62,000
Lunenburg CountyRadio Cache Team$70,000
City of LynchburgTechnical Rescue Team$87,019
Montgomery CountyRadio Cache Team$95,000
City of Newport NewsState Hazardous Materials Team$42,000
City of PortsmouthState Hazardous Materials Team$73,000
City of RoanokeTechnical Rescue Team$84,000
City of RoanokeState Hazardous Materials Team$58,300
City of Virginia BeachTechnical Rescue Team$50,000
Virginia State PoliceFusion Center$600,000
City of WinchesterState Hazardous Materials Team$95,000
City of Wise CountyState Hazardous Materials Team$52,000
York CountyUnmanned Aircraft System Team$15,000


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