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Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) (Florida)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Florida Division of Emergency Management


    The UASI Program assists high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

    The UASI program is intended to provide financial assistance to address the unique multi-discipline planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and to assist these areas in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism using the Whole Community approach.

    Activities implemented with UASI funds must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to or recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate the dual-use quality for any activities implemented that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness. Urban Areas must use UASI funds to employ regional approaches to overall preparedness and are encouraged to adopt regional response structures whenever appropriate.

    In developing applications for UASI, recipients are encouraged to consider 2021 National Priority Areas identified for improvement including:

    • Enhancing Cybersecurity
    • Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets/ Crowded Places 
    • Enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis, and cooperation with federal agencies, including DHS 
    • Combating Domestic Violent Extremism
    • Addressing Emergent Threats, such as the activities of Transnational Criminal Organizations, open source threats, and threats from UAS and WMD

    In Florida, UASI funds are administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Emergency Management. This agency is responsible for managing the financial and reporting aspects of the grant programs in accordance with established federal guidelines and allocating funds to local, regional, and other state government agencies.


    History of Funding

    The FY 2021 allocation to Florida was distributed as follows:

    • $14,750,000 for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area
    • $3,800,000 for the Tampa area
    • $3,800,000 for the Orlando area.

    Additional Information

    UASI allows expenditures on general purpose equipment ONLY if it has a nexus to terrorism preparedness. Examples of such general purpose equipment may include:

    • Law enforcement vehicles;
    • Emergency medical services (EMS) equipment and vehicles;
    • Fire service equipment and vehicles, to include hose, pump accessories, and foam concentrate for specialized chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives; and
    • Office equipment for staff engaged in homeland security program activity.

    Equipment allowability is based on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL) available at:


    Chanda Jenkins

    Chanda Jenkins
    2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100
    (850) 414-8538

  • Eligibility Details

    The Florida Division of Emergency Management applies directly to FEMA for UASI Program funds on behalf of State and local agencies. Funding is then competitively awarded to eligible organizations within the UASI areas of Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.

    Deadline Details

    The Florida Division of Emergency Management is to submit an application to FEMA by June 13, 2022. For information regarding local deadlines, contact FDEM.

    Award Details

    The FY 2022 allocation to Florida has been distributed as follows:

    • $14,750,000 for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area
    • $3,800,000 for the Tampa area
    • $3,800,000 for the Orlando area.

    Awards last up to 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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