The HRPDC recently learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has included $1 million in Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds for the Hampton Roads region. The funds are part of the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Preparedness Grant Allocations.
Hampton Roads was removed from the list of eligible UASI areas in 2012. The region first received UASI funding in fiscal year 2007, and the HRPDC worked with the region’s emergency management personnel to address Hampton Roads’ unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs. These funds assisted in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.
“The removal of Hampton Roads from the eligibility list and loss of UASI funds called into question the sustainability of the work of six years of preparation and planning,” explained John Sadler, HRPDC Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner. “While these UASI funds will greatly assist preparedness efforts in Hampton Roads, long-term sustainable solutions must be identified to support regional preparedness needs.”