The purpose of the SAVER Program is to assist responders with procurement decisions. To this end, SAVER Program knowledge products focus on equipment that falls within the categories of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Authorized Equipment List (AEL)—a list of approved equipment types allowed under FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. While the FEMA AEL encompasses a wide range of equipment types, it does not include all types of equipment used by responders in the commission of their duties.
When seeking input from the responder community on future projects, the SAVER Program occasionally receives requests for information on equipment that does not fall within the categories of the FEMA AEL. To support the responder community, the SAVER Program, may on occasion produce knowledge products for such equipment. These Non-AEL projects are intended to provide information on “all hazards” response equipment—equipment that falls within the categories of the InterAgency Board’s (IAB’s) Standardized Equipment List (SEL). A complete list of these projects follows:
Less Lethal Technologies for Law Enforcement
Less lethal technology devices are designed to be less likely to cause death when deployed than conventional weapons like firearms, and are used by law enforcement in two primary situations: crowd control and one-on-one suspect apprehension. For each of these situations, technology subcategories exist based on the modalities of the technology, such as chemical, kinetic and conducted energy.