Brown Announces New Federal Resources to Protect Nonprofits at Risk of Terrorist Attack

Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, and MetroHealth to Receive Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three nonprofits in the Cleveland area will receive additional antiterrorism resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that new federal resources were awarded to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, and MetroHealth to improve preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack.

“These new federal resources will help ensure that three of our city’s nonprofits—the Jewish Federation of Greater Cleveland, Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, and MetroHealth—are able to help guard against a possible terror attack,” Brown says. “These funds will also help integrate these nonprofits’ emergency preparedness plans with those of our state and the City of Cleveland.”

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding support to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. In order to qualify, the nonprofit must be located with an urban area that qualifies for the FY2011 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program, also funded by FEMA. Yesterday, Brown announced that the City of Cleveland would receive $3,590,432 under the UASI program. The funding will support a variety of security measures, including license plate readers, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and personnel badging systems.

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 award to the three Cleveland nonprofits totals $183,000. A breakdown of the funding is below.

•    Jewish Federation of Cleveland: $33,000  
•    Young Israel of Greater Cleveland: $75,000
•    MetroHealth: $75,000