Nevada commission allocates DHS grant funds

The Nevada Commission on Homeland Security (DCHS) voted unanimously on May 19 to allocate funds from the federal fiscal year 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) to 24 projects across the state.

The projects fell within five security priorities identified by commissioners in March. Cyber security was designated as the state's top priority, followed by intelligence and information sharing, public information and warning, operational coordination and operational communications.

DCHS adopted the recommendations from Nevada's Homeland Security Working Group, made up of 30 people from state and local jurisdictions. The group recommended splitting the $4.5 million federal grant between 18 State Homeland Security and six Urban Area Security Initiative projects.

Some of the initiatives funded by the DCHS decision include a statewide effort to improve emergency management systems in schools and efforts at public information and outreach using a unified alert system.

Statewide Citizen Core programs were also awarded funding. Those initiatives are designed to improve public awareness, response training and preparedness at the local level.

DCHS is made up of 17 commissioners. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval serves as the current chairman.

HSGP incorporates five separate programs to aid local, state and regional jurisdictions. Founded in 2003, It awards funds to aid the implementation of the National Preparedness System.