Homeland Security announces Fiscal Year 2013 preparedness grants

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday Fiscal Year 2013 budget allocation figures for seven DHS preparedness grant programs to help state, local and tribal partners prepare for national emergencies.

The allocations this year total more than $1.5 billion to help create response plans for urban areas, states, tribal governments, territorial governments, private organizations and non-profit agencies in the event of a national emergency. The DHS has awarded more than $38 billion to its partners to help create response plans so the nation can properly handle emergencies, such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

"The FY 2013 preparedness grants facilitate one of the (Department of Homeland Security's) key priorities, establishing readiness, and providing support and resources to our state, local and tribal partners as they take steps to prepare and build capabilities before events affect our communities," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said. "This past year alone, we saw the value of these grants and their ability to support important response efforts. We look forward to continue to work with our partners in cities and towns across the country."

The FY 2013 programs will focus on the highest risk regions, such as urban areas and areas with a history of incidents. The funding will include programs on law enforcement, counterterrorism practices and how to detect indicators of crime before it occurs. The FY 2013 DHS preparedness grants were also subject to the sequestration, totaling $74 million in budget cuts.