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    L.A./LB Area Rates #2 Nationwide On Fed'l Homeland Security Dept. "Risk & Effectiveness Based Approach" To Allocating Fed'l Anti-Terrorism Funds

    (May 31, 2006, initial post) -- U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security says LA-LB area rates number two nationwide under the agency's "risk and effectiveness-based approach" to allocating [federal] funding for Homeland Security grant programs that "generate the highest return on investment in increasing the nation’s level of preparedness in allocating federal anti-terrorist funding."

    A written release from the federal agency indicates the L.A.-LB area stands to receive roughly $80 million as part of a Congressionally-directed Urban Area Security Initiative. NYC is number one on the ominous list...and will receive roughly $120 million under the program

    The grants --part of $1.7 billion in federal taxpayers' money allocated by Congress for FY 06 -- will "enhance the ability of states, urban areas, and territories to prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters," said the Department of Homeland Security release...adding that the money can be used "for planning, organization, equipment, training, exercises, management, and administration costs."

    Specifics from LB City Hall are pending as we post. Revisit this page for updated text expected later today.

    "Our goal is to greatly enhance the collective preparedness of the nation while making certain that finite resources are directed to areas most at risk and to solutions that are innovative and regionally driven," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in the release. "The department is committed to ensuring that our partners have the training, equipment, and resources they need to become better prepared."

    The agency said that in FY 06 it "adopted a risk and effectiveness-based approach to allocating funding for certain programs" within the Homeland Security Grant Program. "This approach aligns federal resources with national priorities and targets capabilities established by the Interim National Preparedness Goal to generate the highest return on investment in increasing the nation’s level of preparedness," the agency said.

    "Preparedness must be a shared responsibility," said Tracy Henke, Assistant Secretary for the DHS Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants and Training. "State and local homeland security professionals from across the nation played a significant role in the design and implementation of this fiscal year’s grant program. By collaborating, we ensure consistency of effort and a common vision of preparedness."

    The 2006 funds are in addition to roughly $10 billion already delivered to state and local governments by the Homeland Security Dept's Office of Grants and Training since September 11, 2001, the agency release said. Its Homeland Security Grant Program includes five separate grant programs: State Homeland Security Grant Program, $544.5 million; Urban Areas Security Initiative, $757.3 million; Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, $396 million; Metropolitan Medical Response System, $29.7 million; and Citizen Corps Program, $19.8 million.

    The release continued:

    Under the State Homeland Security Grant Program and Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico receives a base amount of .075 of the total award. The territories of Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands receive a base amount of .025 of the total award. The remaining funds are allocated on risk and the effectiveness of applicants’ proposed solutions to identified needs. All Urban Areas Security Initiative funds are allocated based on risk and the effectiveness of the applicants’ proposed solutions to identified needs. The Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grant program distributes funds equally among each of the 124 MMRS jurisdictions. Under the Citizen Corps grant program, each state and territory receives a base allocation, with remaining funds distributed based on population.

    Grants and Training, a component of the DHS Preparedness Directorate, partners with federal, state, local, and private sector officials to strengthen the capabilities of state, local, tribal, and regional authorities to prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorist acts and other catastrophic incidents. Grants and Training provides a broad array of assistance to America’s emergency responders through funding, coordinated training, exercises, equipment acquisition, and technical assistance.

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