DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently reached out to governments at the city, state or county level to offer funding to develop counter-terrorism efforts, specifically biological terrorism.

They are accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2015.

The agency seeks applicants to fund under its BioWatch program, an early-warning system that detects the release of aerosolized infectious agents deemed a threat by DHS. Its mission is to be able to monitor air space in heavily populated areas and be able to coordinate with local and state public health officials in the case of an incident or outbreak. This program is an important part of national preparedness efforts so that jurisdictions have protocols in place to handle such events.

The grant notice said 27 grants are expected to be given out, with total funding for the program expected to be approximately $29 million. The minimum that would be given is $178,220, and the maximum would be $4.5 million.

DHS also said municipalities must be invited to apply, and invitations also will be sent to governmental organizations. There is a possibility that the department will evaluate requests for supplemental funding support directly from specific laboratories that analyze samples from the program.

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