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Preparedness Grant Case Studies

In 2014, FEMA completed a series of grant effectiveness case studies to demonstrate how states and urban areas across the country are using federal homeland security grants to improve preparedness. FEMA partnered with stakeholders in various states to develop case studies for distribution to the whole community. FEMA chose these locations to account for a mix of homeland security non-disaster grant programs, to ensure geographical diversity, and to link grant investments with recent events.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNorthwest Regional Aviation Unit: Protecting the Puget Sound

The Seattle Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) established Northwest Regional Aviation (NWRA)—an aviation consortium that protects the Puget Sound area from terrorism and responds to large-scale disasters. The NWRA saved 12 survivors during the first three hours of the Snohomish County mudslide on March 22, 2014.

Icon for file of type application/pdfAmateur Radio Volunteers Protect Community Water Supply

Colorado’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) assists in establishing and maintaining emergency communications during disasters. In response to historic flooding in 2013, 150 ARES volunteers supported operations at a critical wastewater facility.

Icon for file of type application/pdfOklahoma's School Safety Initiatives

The Safe Schools 101 and the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) programs protect schools from the dangers of tornadoes and enhance school security and response plans.

Icon for file of type application/pdfOklahoma's Regional Response System

The Regional Response System (RRS) provides all-hazards response capabilities throughout the state within two hours of an incident.

Icon for file of type application/pdfRegional Collaboration: Interoperable Communications in Eastern Washington

Since 2004, Washington State Homeland Security Region 9 has prioritized investments in interoperable radio communications for all first responders, regardless of discipline. Regional partners collaborated to establish an interoperable communications system with increased coverage that has improved incident response across all levels of government for the region.

Icon for file of type application/pdfProject Safe Haven: Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Systems on Washington State’s Pacific Coast

Washington State’s Pacific coast faces the threat of large-scale earthquakes and tsunamis. The project provides residents and visitors in coastal population centers a means of seeking safety without having to travel considerable distance to natural high ground.

Icon for file of type application/pdfGreater Lafourche Port Commission Uses Grants to Integrate Maritime Domain Awareness

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission created an integrated Maritime Domain Awareness System to protect against threats to the port and assist in emergency response operations.

Icon for file of type application/pdfTerrorism Liaison Officer and the Community Awareness Program

Through the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program and Community Awareness Program (CAP), the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) trains local law enforcement officers, private sector partners, and the general public to recognize and report terrorism-related information.

Icon for file of type application/pdfRegional Explosives Unit Protects Police Officers

The South Central Regional Explosives Unit responds to hundreds of explosive-related calls in 33 Colorado counties each year, including improvised explosive devices, active shooters, booby-trapped drug facilities, and suspicious packages

Icon for file of type application/pdfLouisiana Uses Grants to Establish Private Sector EOC

Louisiana developed the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC) to enable the business community to actively participate in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.