WASHINGTON, D.C.—The City of Cleveland will receive new federal resources to combat terrorism, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today. The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program, funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides funds to cities 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. At least 25 percent (25%) of UASI appropriated funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
“UASI funding for Cleveland is invaluable in fostering collaboration between first-responder agencies through the city, state, and nation. Whether from natural disasters or acts of terrorism, UASI is critical for first responders to respond and recover from catastrophic disasters,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help keep northeast Ohio safe from the threat of terrorism and ensure that our city is prepared to respond to any emergency.”
In March, Brown joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Chief of Police Michael McGrath to stand against cuts to the UASI program. According to a letter authored by Mayor Jackson and Chief McGrath, Cleveland has received more than $23 million in UASI funding since 2003. Among other key projects, the UASI funding has allowed the City of Cleveland to purchase 1,400 Personal Protective Equipment items for first responders; provide weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and other training to over 1,700 safety personnel; hire emergency management planning personnel; fund Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) for police, fire, and EMS; purchase specialized response vehicles for mass casualty, contamination, and HAZMAT incidents; and purchase surveillance equipment.
The UASI award to the City of Cleveland totals $3,590,432.