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

Non-Competitive Grant Awards

Accomack County State Hazardous Materials Team $59,000
City of Bristol State Hazardous Materials Team $52,000
City of Bristol Technical Rescue Team $50,000
City of Chesapeake Incident Management Team $95,000
City of Chesapeake Radio Cache Team $82,000
Chesterfield County Technical Rescue Team $86,000
Chesterfield County Incident Management Team $95,000
City of Danville State Hazardous Materials Team $56,347
Fairfax County Technical Rescue Team $50,000
Fairfax County Incident Management Team $95,000
Fairfax County Radio Cache Team $71,000
Franklin County Incident Management Team $47,000
City of Fredericksburg State Hazardous Materials Team $34,211
City of Harrisonburg Technical Rescue Team $89,000
City of Harrisonburg Radio Cache Team $105,000
City of Harrisonburg State Hazardous Materials Team $50,455
City of Harrisonburg Unmanned Aircraft System Team $15,000
Henrico County State Hazardous Materials Team $62,000
Lunenburg County Radio Cache Team $70,000
City of Lynchburg Technical Rescue Team $87,019
Montgomery County Radio Cache Team $95,000
City of Newport News State Hazardous Materials Team $42,000
City of Portsmouth State Hazardous Materials Team $73,000
City of Roanoke Technical Rescue Team $84,000
City of Roanoke State Hazardous Materials Team $58,300
City of Virginia Beach Technical Rescue Team $50,000
Virginia State Police Fusion Center $600,000
City of Winchester State Hazardous Materials Team $95,000
City of Wise County State Hazardous Materials Team $52,000
York County Unmanned Aircraft System Team $15,000