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Hampton Roads Localities, HRPDC Receive Federal Funding for Emergency Management Projects

Hampton Roads Localities, HRPDC Receive Federal Funding for Emergency Management Projects

On September 19, 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the awarding of $5.7 million in federal funds for 99 projects enhancing emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. Several Hampton Roads localities and the HRPDC are recipients of these funds.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) received 143 grant requests totaling more than $16 million, however only $2.6 million was available to allocate to localities from this year’s State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). Additionally, more than $555,000 was re-programmed from the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant programs to fund 7 projects.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will administer the funds to support the ability of local governments to sustain a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs.

“Whether it was the Pentagon on 9/11, Hurricane Isabel in 2003, and Snowmageddon in 2010, our first responders and local law enforcement agencies have been essential in protecting Virginians each and every time they are called on,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants will provide vital support to communities across the Commonwealth, and I am confident that they will go a long way toward building a stronger and more resilient Virginia.”

Governor McAuliffe’s public safety and homeland security team initiated a stakeholder-driven inclusive grant process to determine how the grants were allocated this year. Public safety partners from around the state determined the priorities for this year’s grant process, and nearly 150 local leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS participated as peer-reviewers to grade and rank projects. Old Dominion University assisted with scoring the graded proposals, based on a benefit-cost ratio, as requested by the public safety stakeholders. 

The grants have been awarded as follows:

Of the 66 projects valued at $2.6 million that will receive funding from the SHSP based on competitive assessment by peer reviewers, these are the six regional HRPDC projects receiving funding.

Locality

Project Name

Cost

HRPDC

MCI and MASS CARE capability sustainment

$59,500

HRPDC

CBRNE Pharmaceutical Stockpile – Nerve Agent Antidote and Antibiotics

$80,565

HRPDC

Hampton Roads Regional Interoperable Communication Plan

$45,200

HRPDC

Hampton Roads Overlay Regional Interoperability Network (ORION)

$85,000

HRPDC

Hampton Roads Inclusive Emergency Planner

$80,000

HRPDC

Hampton Roads Tactical Regional Area Network (HRTacRAN)

$85,000

 

Of the remaining 60 projects, these 14 Hampton Roads locality projects received funding.

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Chesapeake City

Mobile High Capacity Emergency Water Supply Equipment

$25,100

Chesapeake City

Technical Rescue Airbag Replacement

$48,150

City of Hampton

Regional Citizen Corps project – Hampton and Poquoson

$42,000

City of Newport News

Multi-Agency eLearning - Community Preparedness Enhancement

$39,788

City of Newport News

Explosive Device-Active Threat-Mass Casualty Training

$56,208

James City County

Community Preparedness

$18,420

Newport News City

Recovery Capabilities Enhancement

$19,957

Newport News City

Shelter Capabilities Enhancement

$23,043

Newport News City

Community Preparedness

$27,400

Poquoson City

Tactical EMS Training

$27,070

Portsmouth City

Social Media Monitoring and Intelligence Collection (Scrubbing) Solution

$45,000

Suffolk City

Suffolk Police Surveillance Camera Upgrade, Cellular Phones and Scopes

$19,270

Virginia Beach City

Community Emergency Response Team Program Enhancements and Support

$10,000

York County

Community Preparedness

$23,500

 

An additional $2.6 million was allocated in non-competitive grants from the SHSP to fund 26 projects sustaining 12 hazardous materials teams, six technical rescue teams, three incident management teams, four Virginia radio communications caches and the Virginia Fusion Center.  Projects in Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach received funding as part of this allocation.

Locality

Project Name

Cost

Chesapeake

Incident management teams

$150,000

Chesapeake

Statewide strategic reserve – radio cache

$150,000

Newport News

State hazardous materials team

$60,000

Portsmouth

State hazardous materials team (lead department – Southside RHMRT)

$90,000

Virginia Beach

Technical rescue team equipment

$50,000

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