FCEM&HS Receives Nearly $845,000 in 2014 Regional Homeland Security Funding

    Posted: 10/6/2014

    (COLUMBUS, OHIO) – Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) has been awarded nearly $845,000 in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA).  The SHSP grant is distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was designed to improve local government’s abilities to prevent, protect, respond and recover from natural and made-made disasters.   

    The FY2014 SHSP grant program is a competitive process requiring projects focusing on the sustainment of regional current capabilities which can be made available to the region, state and nation as needed. FCEM&HS submitted applications from throughout the county totaling over $1 million and received 73% of the requested funds. This is a 143% increase in funding from 2013.

    “This is the highest level of competitive grant funding ever received by FCEM&HS,” said Michael R. Pannell, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.  “An award of this magnitude signifies the high level of trust by the State of Ohio and the collaboration and teamwork that exist in Franklin County today.” 

    "The SHSP keeps our state ready and prepared,” said Nancy Dragani, Ohio EMA Executive Director. “Ohio is fortunate to have a strong emergency management partner like Franklin County who continues to place priority on strengthening the system that protects all Ohioans."

    The FY2014 SHSP grant allocations include:

    Law Enforcement: $178,000
    Funding will be used to acquire equipment used in high risk incidents, intelligence gathering and conducting of reconnaissance during missions for local law enforcement as well as the replacement of two vehicles for the Central Ohio Terrorism Early Warning Group.

    Fire/Hazmat/Bomb Investigations: $447,000
    Grant funds will be used to purchase a new regional bomb response robot and upgrades of a current robot, replacement of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for regional Hazmat and Bomb Response Teams and the purchase and sustainment of Hazmat detection equipment. 

    Health: $130,000
    Funding will be used to purchase preventative medical supplies for first responders and sustainment of the Franklin County and Columbus Medical Reserve Corp.  

    Volunteer Programs: $89,000
    Grant funds will be used for the sustainment of the FC CERT and Volunteer Program. 

    FCEM&HS is a local government agency which coordinates county-wide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.