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Posts tagged ‘UASI’


All Hands Consulting Completes Several Projects

COLUMBIA, MD – August 6, 2012 - All Hands Consulting (AHC), a leading provider of emergency management consulting services, has completed several projects recently as part of a busy 2012.  The balance of 2012 has many exciting projects on the books.

Despite the sluggish economy, the business of preparing for emergencies goes on. So far, 2012 has been an exciting year of steady work for AHC. All Hands consultants kept busy working with many returning clients and a few new clients. Our client list has grown to over 150 while our team of consultants has climbed well past the 1,100 mark.

We successfully built several large teams of very qualified consultants to staff national exercise and planning programs as well as response teams who are standing by to respond to catastrophic disasters. This includes a cadre of disaster responders for support to FEMA’s Individual Assistance Technical Assistance program and other federal, state, and local deployment contracts for Incident Management Teams and surge capacity for training and exercise deliveries. More…


Supplanting – Will it be an issue in the future of preparedness programs?

As grant funds are shrinking for all but the Tier I UASIs, the issue of supplanting may come up as UASI jurisdictions discuss options for “program contraction” in light of non-supplanting requirements.

As you may know, the FEMA preparedness grant programs are designed to “enhance community emergency preparedness and participation capabilities”, not to help fund baseline programs. The common concept for grants is that they are to “supplement not supplant” local dollars. However, many communities are looking at a loss of both local tax dollars and grant funds at the same time; what are they to do? Tough decisions must be made; is the option of shifting tax-funded program activities to grants a viable one? Maybe, but caution is warranted. More…


The National UASI and Homeland Security Conference

The 2011 National UASI and Homeland Security Conference team has been working hard over the last year to get ready for the 2011 conference. The final touches to the conference plans have been made and it looks to be an excellent program. The 2011 conference will be the largest ever with over 1,600 attendees. The 2011 conference will include all DHS preparedness grants and will be collocated with the GPD After Action Conference.

The theme of the 2011 National UASI and Homeland Security Conference is “Enhancing Capabilities through Regional Collaboration”



FY 2011 UASI Compared to FY 2010

The FY 2011 UASI grant awards were announced Thursday.  The reduction from 64 to 31 UASIs caught many by surprise.  While I was predicting that the UASI list might go down to 40-45, 31 was a deeper cut than was expected.

Link to full size chart



The Terrorist Threat is not Limited to the 10 Largest Cities

The recent move by the House of Representatives to limit the Urban Area Security Initiative to only 10 cities has obviously caused concern for the 54 other UASI cities.  These cities will be clamoring to make the case that they too are at risk from the threat of terrorism.  While there are many past examples of terrorist acts or attempted acts across the country, from Oklahoma City to Seattle, one not need to look far to find a solid basis for this concern.

Let’s look at some recent news for example. is one of many sources that I use to stay on top of terrorism related news.  ( is a private homeland security blog and not affiliated with any government agency.)  I get an e-mail daily with relevant news summaries and links to source news stories.  Today was no exception and the headlines explain my point well:

From this one example we see that terrorism is still an issue in New York City but also in Oregon and South Florida.

South Florida has seen its share of the terrorism threat yet it may soon be off the list of Urban Areas receiving funding under the UASI program (if House members have their way). More…


Budget Axe Looms Large Over Local First Responders

A proposed 2012 budget bill in the House of Representatives slashes the current level of local first responder funding, with the biggest cuts coming in areas critical to anti-terrorism and emergency preparedness.

American community leaders are reeling. They did not see this coming. Many of their leaders are in a state of shock and denial.  The United States Congress is prepared to make heavy cuts in homeland security grant funding unlike anything they had imagined.

While Congress shaved local first responder funding by about 20% for 2011, their current plans for 2011 are to cut 67% from the FY 2010 level of $3 billion to $1 billion overall.

The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) which was created to help enhance capabilities in the most at-risk cities will go from a high of 64 cities down to 10 cities under the current House of Representatives proposal.  Cities that were making great headway enhancing capabilities are going to lose ground on preparedness.

This means that potentially 54 cities will lose funding. This includes major U. S. cities from Miami to Seattle, from San Diego to Baltimore, from Detroit to Las Vegas.

The $1 billion remaining, based on the draft legislation, would need to fun nine formerly separate grant programs and would leave it to the Secretary of Homeland Security to determine how best to use it.

States will also feel the impact. Many will be left with the minimum amount of funding required and they will need to drastically curtail programmatic activities.


The #UASI Daily

I am trying something new this year with The National Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and Homeland Security Conference.  We have included social media as part of the conference experience for the last three years; but this year, we are going to have a real focus on social media and I’m trying to get a national conversation about UASI going with Twitter and Facebook.

I’m excited about the possibilities.  While we have an excellent listserv, this is a “one-to-many” tool.  And, while the conference is an excellent and very successful way to share information, we need more of an on-going conversation.  So, I have been trying to stir one up with Twitter.

While a lot of information can get lost in the Twitter stream, the use of a hash tag can certainly help.  We have asked that everyone use the #UASI tag for anything  relevant to UASI. That way, one can easily find relevant information. And, so that no one need miss anything, the daily paper process offered by is a surefire way to capture the conversation.

So, the #UASI Daily will serve to capture the conversation – you can find the paper here:

Note: The National UASI & Homeland Security Conference is in San Francisco this June 20-23.  The conference will include all preparedness grants under the Homeland Security Grant Program and will incorporate the DHS/FEMA/GPD “After Action Conference”.


It’s Baaack! Bill to limit number of UASIs (Updated)

Once again, there are efforts afoot to limit the number of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities.  However, this legislative maneuvering may be moot.  A combination of less funding and a new risk formula may result in less UASIs without legislative action.  Read on for a full explanation.

UASI program funds address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

The  proposed legislation, H.R.1555, was recently introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY18] as an effort to limit the number of cities and funnel more funding to New York City. The bill’s stated purpose is: “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to limit the number of Urban Area Security Initiative grants awarded and to clarify the risk assessment formula to be used when making such grants, and for other purposes.”