DHS to offer BioWatch grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to to award 27 grants for municipalities that are invited to participate in the BioWatch Program.

The application process closes at the end of September 2015.

The program is an early-warning and detection system that senses the release of infectious agents in the form of aerosol that have been deemed to be a threat to national security by the department. The program aims to monitor the heavily populated areas of the country and in the case of an attack or other infectious event can coordinate with public health officials at the state and local level to implement an effective, preventative response. This program plays an integral role in the building of national preparedness measures so that jurisdictions have protocols in place that are deemed effective. A majority of the grant funding received will be utilized in training jurisdictions to prevent and respond to threats of this type.

Municipalities that are awarded would see between $178,220 and $4.5 million. DHS has noted that the total amount of awarded grants would be approximately $29 million. Funding from this program may also be made available to individual laboratories that would analyze samples from the program.

There are no requirements for municipalities to match the grant amounts.

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