Port Security Grant Funding Continues to Fall
The Department of Homeland Security announced recently the final fiscal year 2014 allocations for seven preparedness grant programs. Specific programs being funded include the following.
Port Security Grant Program - $100 million (down from $235 million in FY 2011) to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities
Homeland Security Grant Program – more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats
Transit Security Grant Program – more than $90 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure
State Homeland Security Program – more than $401 million to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels
Urban Areas Security Initiative – $587 million to enhance regional preparedness capabilities in 39 high-threat, high-density areas
Operation Stonegarden –$55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along U.S. land and water borders where there are ongoing CBP missions