U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
On January 29, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Joint Special Operations Center in Miami, where he met with the DHS personnel, state and local law enforcement officials, and the National Football League security team to discuss securing Super Bowl LIV.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to meet with leadership to discuss current situations the agencies are monitoring. Following these discussions, Acting Secretary Wolf departed for Honduras where he is participating in bilateral meetings on regional security and migration.
DHS S&T and FEMA awarded $2.3 million over a three year period to develop lifesaving trauma training for high-school-age students last year.
On Sept. 30, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the following message on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) leadership announcements:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Office (CBRN), supports the RadResponder program. RadResponder is a free web-based platform that standardizes how all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial disaster response organizations collect, store, use, and manage radiological data following a disaster or manmade event. RadResponder collects data at radiological sites for the purpose of analyzing the dangers of the site and to help emergency personnel determine how to mitigate the disaster’s impact and save lives. FEMA has conducted this privacy impact assessment (PIA) to cover how RadResponder collects, stores, uses, and protects users’ personally identifiable information (PII).
S&T—in collaboration with FEMA, USFA, and other key stakeholder experts—determined WUI incidents and life-saving functions as the optimal areas for S&T to explore technology innovation.
DHS S&T, FEMA and USFA are working closely with the national and international first responder community on the growing problem of fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
ZADD develops innovative solutions and fosters collaborations to protect the Nation’s agriculture and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic disease threats.