Preparing for Emergencies
- Read the scenario below. Use the Internet to research the various grant opportunities for outfitting emergency response units. Then, select two (2) funds that you would apply for based on the scenario. Provide a rationale for your selection.
Imagine that you are the director of homeland security for a state where several high-risk terrorism targets are located. There is a high probability of hazardous material incidents and you have identified credible threats associated with the emerging sovereign citizens’ movement. Your state agency is well prepared by having response units in place. However, you don’t have the funds to properly outfit all possible response units for each of the possible threats. Your agency is eligible to receive federal grant funds and you have been tasked with researching and writing the grant proposal.
- Over the last few years, potential pandemics have gained increased attention among law enforcement professionals at both the state and local levels. As the top law enforcement official in your community, develop a reaction plan, which contains the first three (3) main procedures to maintain public orders if a pandemic occurred. Provide a rationale for your response.
Based on the scenario, the two grants I would apply for, are the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Public Assistance Program Grant (PA). HMGP is only available when the president declares that a major disaster has occurred or is about to happen. After the presidential declaration, the affected area offers the state a proposal that gives a clear picture of the extent of the situation (FEMA, 2017). The state, considering that the president has issued a declaration, prioritizes the proposal and also provides a proposal designating the requirement of the whole State as well as submiting the data to FEMA. HMGP aims at reducing the risk as well as immediate damage as a result of the disaster. It also helps in starting long-term repairs. In this scenario, although the disasters have not yet happened, they are high-risk and most likely to happen soonest……
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