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uasi: mega-urban anti-terrorism

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Karl SchmittFounder & CEO

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about uasi

The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program was authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and is managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program includes the 64 highest risk urban areas in the country, which are divided into two groups, Tier 1 and Tier 2.

The 10 highest risk areas, as determined by DHS risk methodology, are designated Tier 1. The 10 Tier 1 cities receive over 70% of the UASI appropriation. The remaining 54 eligible cities are Tier 2, the number of which are funded each year ebbs and flows with the financial and political winds in Washington.

DHS determines selected regions by examining the relative risk of the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Based upon the requirements of the Homeland Security Act, as amended, DHS/FEMA uses risk to determine final HSGP allocations. Risk is defined as: “potential for an unwanted outcome resulting from an incident, event, or occurrence, as determined by its likelihood and the associated consequences," and is focused on three elements:

  • Threat –likelihood of an attack being attempted by an adversary;
  • Vulnerability – likelihood that an attack is successful, given that it is attempted; and
  • Consequence – effect of an event, incident or occurrence.

UASI funds are allocated based on three factors: minimum amounts as legislatively mandated, DHS/FEMA’s risk methodology, and anticipated effectiveness of proposed projects. Anticipated effectiveness is assessed based on the applicant’s description of how proposed projects, as outlined in the investment Justification’s (IJ’s), align with state Threat Hazard Incident Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) results.

uasi funding  2004 – 2017

2017: $580,000,000 | 33 Cities Funded
2016: $580,000,000 | 29 Cities Funded
2015: $587,000,000 | 28 Cities Funded
2014: $557,000,000 | 39 Cities Funded
2013: $558,745,566 | 25 Cities Funded
2012: $490,376,000 | 31 Cities Funded
2011: $662,622,100 | 31 Cities Funded
2010: $832,520,000 | 64 Cities Funded
2009: $798,631,250 | 62 Cities Funded
2008: $781,630,000 | 60 Cities Funded
2007: $770,000,000 | 45 Cities Funded
2006: $710,620,000
2005: $849,540,000
2004: $665,720,000
2003: $596,350,000

2017 tier-one city funding

New York, New York City Area: $178,123,000
Illinois, Chicago Area: $68,110,000
California, Los Angeles/Long Beach Area: $68,110,000
District of Columbia, National Capital Region: $52,809,000
California, San Fransisco Bay Area: $27,536,000
Texas, Houston Area, $23,193,000
New Jersey, Newark Area: $20,034,000
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Area: $17,763,000
Massachusetts, Boston Area, $17,270,000
Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Area, $14,802,000

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