For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Martinez, OEMC
Phone: (312) 746-9454
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
|Chicago Area Awarded $52 Million Homeland Security Grant|
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded the Chicago Urban Area $52 million in funding as part of the 2009 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant program.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made the announcement on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
"In Chicago, preparedness is something we take very seriously, and we realize that is a job that cannot be accomplished alone. It requires everyone working together," said Raymond Orozco, Executive Director, Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
"With this assistance from DHS, we will continue our efforts to make Chicago as safe and prepared as any big city can be," added Orozco.
The City of Chicago and Cook County will share the allocation, with the city’s portion to be divided between the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Environment.
Due to security, details on how the available funding will be used in the Chicago Urban Area could not be made public, but the grant in general will be directed to enhance communications interoperability, strengthen critical infrastructures, adapt cutting edge technology to the area’s security needs and train and equip first responders.
Nationwide UASI grants total $798.6 million. These grants will enhance urban preparedness capabilities in 62high-threat, high-density areas. The seven highest risk areas (Tier 1) were allocated approximately $439 million, or 55 percent of available funds, while the remaining areas (Tier 2) will receive approximately the remaining $359 million. Further information on preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and www.fema.gov/grants.