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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $23M in Homeland Security Grant Funding

Public Safety Grants Will Bolster Safety, Prevention, and Mitigation Efforts Statewide
For immediate release:
10/04/2019
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $23M in Homeland Security Grant Funding

Felix Browne, Communications Director

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BostonGovernor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas A. Turco today announced nearly $23 million in federal grant funding to help state homeland security councils, public safety agencies, and houses of worship prevent acts of terror and violence, mitigate damage from catastrophic events, and prepare the Commonwealth against risks, threats, and hazards.

The awards reflect funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s annual Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). They are distributed through the Executive Office of Public Safety’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR), the State Administering Agency for funding received through the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Whether they’re strengthening the Commonwealth’s regional homeland security councils, funding emergency preparedness programs, or protecting houses of worship, these grants are strategic investments in a safer Massachusetts,” said Governor Baker. “These funds will support the local, state and federal partnerships we have in place to enhance security and resiliency across the Commonwealth.”

“This funding will help Massachusetts prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from potential threats and catastrophic natural events,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “These grants will benefit individuals, industries, and infrastructure in communities statewide.”

“No single agency can develop emergency mitigation planning, respond to major hazard events, and rebuild after a crisis,” said Secretary Turco. “But many agencies working together, with common goals and a shared sense of purpose, can fulfill these responsibilities. I’d like to thank the OGR staff who worked so hard to deliver the funds that will support those efforts.”

Six agencies are receiving HSGP grants through the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative to build and sustain projects, trainings, and exercises that demonstrate a strong nexus to homeland security and terrorism. They are as follows:

SHSP Regional Council – Project Description

Award

Northeast Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2019 SHSP-funded regional plan.

$1,599,724.00

Southeast Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2019 SHSP-funded regional plan.

$1,339,576.00

Central Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2019 SHSP-funded regional plan.

$1,084.216.00

Western Region – Homeland security projects outlined in FFY 2019 SHSP-funded regional plan.

$1,296,484.00

TOTAL

$5,320,000.00

 

Statewide Fiduciary Support for Regional Planning Councils

Award

Metropolitan Area Planning Council –To provide administrative support services for the four FFY 2019 SHSP-funded homeland security planning regions.

$280,000.00

TOTAL

$280,000.00

 

UASI Regional Council

Award

Metro-Boston/UASI Region – To support homeland security projects as outlined in FFY 2019 UASI-funded regional plan.

$13,520,000

TOTAL

$13,520,000

Nine state agencies are being awarded to better prepare the Commonwealth against risks, threats, and hazards to our security. They are:

Agency

Project

Award

Massachusetts State Police

Fusion Center, Drones, Rhodium Incident Software, Mutual Link, Aeroscope, Unmanned Vehicle and other

$1,477,287.00

MA Emergency Management  Agency

Citizen Core Program and Statewide Needs Assessment

$400,000.00

Barnstable County Sheriff

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

$2,434.00

MA Office on Disability

Emergency Preparedness Outreach for Persons with Disabilities

$125,000.00

Department of Corrections

Public Safety Facility HQ Security Upgrades

$248,050.00

Department of Fire Services

Technical Rescue Training Prop (tower), Wireless Video and X-Ray Package

$600,100.00

Department of Revenue

Springfield - Child Support Enforcement Division

$24,000.00

MA Convention Center Authority

Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise and Drill

$182,000.00

MA DOT/MBTA

Operation FIND (Functional Intermodal Drill)

$75,000.00

TOTAL

 

$3,133,871.00

Seven nonprofit places of worship are receiving an award through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides funding to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. They are:

NSGP-UASI - Awardees

 Award

Temple Israel of Boston

 $                     100,000.00

Sephardic Community of Greater Boston

 $                        55,395.00

Temple Ohabei Shalom

 $                     100,000.00

Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael

 $                     100,000.00

Total

 $                     355,395.00

 

NSGP-STATE - Awardees

Award

Jewish Community Day School

 $                     100,000.00

Chabad of Peabody Jewish Center

 $                        50,000.00

Chabad Lubavitch Center of Greater Milford

 $                     100,000.00

Total

 $                     250,000.00

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