By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
When disaster strikes, what resources will there be to help? With the help of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Stanton might have a little extra training to handle the situation.
The city of Stanton recently approved an application for the city to participate in the Urban Areas Security Initiative Grants Program.
The UASI would allow for money to come to Orange County on a countywide basis and would be allocated through the Sheriff’s Department.
What this would mean for residents is that police services and the Sheriff’s Department could receive extra funding for specialized training to deal with unique security risks.
The grant is regional so cities do not apply specifically for the grant or for money per city. Cities work as a county in order receive funding to be allocated at a later date.
This year, the recent request was around $10 million for the county on a whole.
The projects that are implemented after the award of the UASI grant are also regional in scope, such as specialized training, exercises and equipment.
Last year, Stanton’s police services from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received $3,000.
Although not a very large sum, it helped purchase tactical protection masks for officers. “We got a very small grant a year ago for Red Cross Assistance,” said Carol Jacobs, Stanton’s city manager, “We do not know how much we are going to get this year.
This program, which operates through FEMA via the Department of Homeland Security, began in 2009 with $15,000,000.
This year there is $832.5 million for participating and approved groups across the U.S.
Groups, which are usually counties applying through their police services, can apply for up to $75,000 in grant awards.
According to an information release from FEMA, to goal of this grant program, “was to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts by promoting coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, State and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils.”
According to FEMA’s website, www.fema.gov the UASI program directly supports the expanding regional collaboration in National Preparedness Guidelines.
The website also states that it is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery.