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Authorized Equipment List

The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is a list of approved equipment types allowed under FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. The intended audience of this tool is emergency managers, first responders, and other homeland security professionals. The list consists of 21 equipment categories divided into categories, sub-categories and then individual equipment items. NOTE: There are no commercially available products listed; it only consists of equipment types.

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A transportable or handheld detector that utilizes laser technology and spectral analysis to detect explosive material. Raman Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) are examples of current technologies. These detectors may also have chemical and even biological capability when equipped with appropriate spectra libraries. See Item 07CD-01-DPRS. DIQCode: [D,I]

A standoff explosive detector based upon active laser-based interrogation of targets from a distance using an unconfined laser beam. The laser-target interaction produces a spectral signature denoting the chemical composition of the target. Explosive materials exhibit unique spectral signatures. A number of technologies are being pursued for laser-based standoff detection and are currently in advanced prototype. These include standoff Raman Spectroscopy, Laser Acoustics, Laser Photothermal Imaging and Spectroscopy, and Laser Photofragmentation. However, this technology is highly speculative at present, and only bulk quantities of explosives in plain view have been successfully detected.

An explosive detector that uses sensor-based passive interrogation of area targets from a distance to create a target image. Analyzing the spectral signature indicates the chemical nature of the unknown material. Example technologies include hyperspectral imaging, used primarily for solid analysis, and differential radiometry with a Compact Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer, used for chemical vapor detection.

Handheld survey meter such as ionization chamber, Geiger-Mueller (GM) detector, or scintillation detector. Various probes allow detection of alpha, beta, beta/gamma, and neutron.
DIQCode: [D,Q]
[Note: This item was previously numbered as 07RD-01-HHCM and 07RD-01-HHSM.]

Radionuclide detector utilizing high-purity crystal such as Germanium and LaBr.
DIQCode: [D,I,Q]
[Note: This item was previously numbered as 07RD-01-DHPG and 07RD-02-DRHS.]

A mobile or fixed-site detector that can detect radiation at a stand-off distance of at least 50 feet and specify the type and location of radiation sources, while maintaining sufficient energy resolution and sensitivity to discriminate between normally-occurring radioactive materials, background and potential threats.

Leak detectors (e.g., soap solution, ammonium hydroxide, ultrasonic, metal oxide sensors, etc.) [Note: Replaces Item 07CS-01-LEAK.]

Environmental (weather) surveillance equipment to support CBRNE detectors.

In some cases, surveillance equipment can now be replaced by very granular cloud-based reporting and forecasts.  This functionality may be obtained by subscription (see item 04AP-11-SAAS for more information).

Batteries for all recommended equipment. Types including, but not limited to Alkaline, Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-CAD), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium (Li-Ion). Form factors such as AA, AAA, C and D cells, 9-Volt, Clamshell.