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  Work Session Item 3.d.       
Meeting Date: 12/14/2020  
Item Title:    2020 Homeland Security Grant Program Application Resolution
Submitted By: Mistie Gardner
Strategic Focus Areas: Safe Community

ISSUE
The Department of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is managed, at the state level, by the Office of the Governor (OOG). As has been the case for many years, the OOG requires jurisdictions applying for HSGP funding to have a Council approved resolution each year prior to utilizing awarded funds which identifies the submitted projects as well as the authorized official to manage the administration of the grant.
OPTIONS
  1. Approve a resolution to support the 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) application.
  2. Take no action.
RECOMMENDATION
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff recommends support of the HSGP application to gain access to grant funding. The resolution will assist the City of Garland with acquiring funding to help support and improve public safety response and recovery capabilities. This 2020 UASI funding will be used to purchase resources to support the following Garland projects: 
  • Garland Emergency Management Planning Sustainment
    • Funding this project will allow the City of Garland to sustain and continue to work on emergency planning projects by continuing funding the salary and benefits of one full-time staff member in the Office of Emergency Management. The current planning and mitigation program is designed to work within and follow a master planning submission schedule in order to maintain all plans in a current status as required by the State in order to qualify for Homeland Security Grant funds.
  • Garland SWAT Negotiations Technology (LETPA)
    • Funding this project will support the Garland SWAT Team by providing critical negotiations communications equipment by providing a secure line of communication between a suspect and officers necessary to resolve hostage and tactical situations enhancing hostage rescue capabilities.
       
  • Garland Emergency Operations Center Capability Enhancement
    • Funding this project will enhance response capabilities during Emergency Operations Center activation and improve continuity of operations for mission critical functions by funding laptops and a networked laptop cart for Disaster Response Team activations. 
This item is scheduled for formal consideration at the December 15, 2020 Regular Meeting.
BACKGROUND
The primary purpose of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is to provide funding to states, territories, urban areas, and other local and tribal governments to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (The Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. Among the five noted mission areas, Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, HSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.
 
The UASI program funds address the unique risk-driven and capabilities-based planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas based on the capabilities identified during the THIRA process and associated assessment efforts. The funds also assist them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.
 
DHS/FEMA is requires at least 25 percent (25%) of the combined HSGP funds allocated under SHSP and UASI are dedicated towards Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities (LETPA), per section 2006 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. 607). This requirement is met by mandating all SHSP and UASI recipients to ensure that at least 25% of the combined HSGP funds allocated under SHSP and UASI are dedicated towards LETPA initiatives. Activities eligible for use of law-enforcement focused funds are outlined in the National Prevention Framework.
Attachments
2020 HSGP Resolution


    

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