A key mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to enhance the ability of state and local governments to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and large-scale disasters. To help accomplish this mission, FEMA coordinates the national Homeland Security Grant Program (pdf) to assist state and local governments and first-responders in their efforts to procure equipment and training. For fiscal year 2008, the federal government has allocated almost $1.7 billion of grant funding to be disseminated through this program.
The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is produced by the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. It is the generic list of equipment items allowable under several DHS grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program. For a complete listing of Blauer products that are certified to standards included on the Authorized Equipment List, click here.
To link directly to the Department of Homeland Security's main grant page, click here.
State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP)
FY 2010 Funding: $861,280,000
This program provides funding to build and enhance terrorist attack and mass incident response at the state and local levels in accordance with the goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies and initiatives in the State Preparedness Report. Applications are submitted and awarded on the state level. For more information click here.
Urban Areas Security Initiative
FY 2010 Funding: $781,630,000
The UASI program allocates funding for the 60 major metropolitan areas that are identified each year by the Department of Homeland Security as being at the highest risk for terrorist attack on critical infrastructure. The UASI program is intended to promote regional collaboration in developing integrated systems for emergency prevention, protection, response, and recovery. Click here for more information.
Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP)
FY 2010 Funding: $16,000,000
The CEDAP program provides equipment and training directly to emergency responders and public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and metropolitan areas not included under the UASI program. Eligible applicants include law enforcement agencies, fire, and other emergency responders who demonstrate that the equipment will be used to improve their ability and capacity to respond to a major critical incident or work with other first responders. Awardees must not have received technology funding under the Urban Areas Security Initiative, or the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program since Oct. 1, 2006. Organizations must submit applications through the Responder Knowledge Base (RKB).
Metropolitan Medical Response System
FY 2010 Funding: $39,831,104
The MMRS program provides funding to 124 metropolitan areas to enhance regional mass casualty incident response capabilities during the first hours of an incident. The program prepares jurisdictions for response to mass casualty incidents such as terrorism, natural disasters, and major hazardous materials incidents. Each of the 124 recipient areas received $321,221 in funding to enhance their response readiness. Click here for more information.