How Was $1.8 Billion Spent?


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared nearly $1.8 billion in grants to uphold state, urban area, and tribal government endeavors to better the nation’s readiness, response, and recovery capabilities for both man-made and natural emergencies.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff commented, “These awards reflect a continued and serious commitment to first responders throughout the homeland, particularly in the highest threat areas.”

Where is the money going for the Fiscal Year 2008?

Homeland Security Grant Program – $1.69 billion (consists of four programs)

  • State Homeland Security Program – $861.3 million to heighten state, territorial, and local competence through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative – $781.6 million to boost abilities in high-threat, high-density urban areas across the country
  • Metropolitan Medical Response System Program – $39.8 million divided among 124 jurisdictions to enhance mass casualty preparedness and response capabilities
  • Citizen Corps Program – $14.5 million to states and territories to educate citizens in community preparedness
  • State Homeland Security Program Tribal – $1.6 million given to 12 tribes to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities

    Operation Stonegarden Grants – $60 million to land Border States to boost law enforcement border security operations, including for the first time northern Border States

    Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program – $60 million to enhance catastrophic incident preparedness in designated Urban Areas Security Initiative jurisdictions

    Nonprofit Security Grant Program – $15 million to sustain target-hardening activities at 232 nonprofit organizations considered a high risk of international terrorist attacks

    The five supported grant programs are direct objectives outlined in the National Preparedness Guidelines, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Framework, and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

    Do you believe the grants were distributed appropriately? Do you think people should own Disaster Kits and Emergency Kits – such as an Earthquake Survival Kit or Disaster Kit – for their own protection? Take this week’s democracy poll and comment on why you feel the way you do.

    DHS Press Office