Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that Southern Nevada will receive $1 million from the Department of Homeland Security because of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant. Senator Reid restored language in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to once again allow Southern Nevada to compete for these funds. The language inserted by Senator Reid gave more flexibility for the Homeland Security Secretary to name locations as necessary by threat and not a specific laundry list. Because of this language change, the Las Vegas Valley once again was awarded these funds after missing out last year.
“I’m pleased that U.S. Department of Homeland Security has once again understood that Las Vegas deserves these important funds to help prepare our community and law enforcement to respond in the event of a disaster. I understand how important this is to Nevada, and that’s why I inserted language in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to allow Las Vegas to compete for this vital funding opportunity once again.
“I thank Secretary Johnson for his commitment to working with myself and Southern Nevada officials to ensure we received this crucial grant. The safety and health of our communities is one of my top priorities, and I remain committed to safeguarding opportunities like these for the people of Nevada.”
INFORMATION ON THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE
In Fiscal Year 2014, Department of Homeland Security’s “State Homeland Security Program” provides $401,346,000 to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies to address identified planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. Per the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107–296), Title XX, § 2006, as amended by the 9/11 Act, Title I, § 101, August 3, 2007, 121 Stat. 280, 6 U.S.C. § 607, states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of the combined HSGP funds allocated under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).