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SAN ANTONIO (April 12, 2019) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified the City today that it has been awarded $3.25 million for the 2019 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Homeland Security Grant program. The UASI program assists major cities with efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate and respond to acts of terrorism.
“I’m grateful the Department of Homeland Security agreed that our request for additional funding was merited and awarded the City $3.25 million,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Our need is real and we will put the additional funding to good use for protecting our community against a terrorist attack. It is a priority. I truly appreciate the tireless work of Sen. John Cornyn and Congressmen Will Hurd and Henry Cuellar to help ensure San Antonio’s security.”
Mayor Nirenberg and City Manager Erik Walsh visited DHS in February as part of the annual SA to DC trip to advocate in support of the City’s UASI program.
“This grant will further equip our public safety personnel with the tools necessary to protect the San Antonio community and the region from any major threats,” City Manager Walsh said. “We hope to never face a worst-case scenario here, but we’re always prepared.”
Funds from the grant will be used to purchase a new Mobile Command Center for the San Antonio Fire Department and tactical equipment for San Antonio Police Department special operation teams, including the helicopter unit, SWAT and bomb teams.
This award, which is a $1.75 million increase over 2018, also supports the City’s effort to prevent cyber-security attacks, provide specialized training for first responders and support community outreach programs.