City of Santa Monica

Staff Report

Authorization to accept State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) 2018 Grant for Homeland Security Projects


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Recommended Action

Recommended Action
Staff recommends that the City Council:

1.               Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant awarded in the amount of $498,300 from the 2018 State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) for homeland security projects, and to accept all grant renewals.

2.               Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to accept the grant and all grant renewals.

3.               Authorize budget changes as outlined in the Financial Impacts & Budget Actions section of this report.

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In 2018, $498,300 was awarded to the Santa Monica Fire Department as a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) grant. Staff recommends that Council authorize acceptance of the 2018 SHSGP grant funds and execution of a subrecipient agreement with the County of Los Angeles for a performance period of September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2021. The County of Los Angeles administers the SHSGP grant on behalf of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Urban Area, which includes Santa Monica. The Fire Department was awarded funding totaling $498,300 to be used for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Equipment and Training and for Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Equipment and Training.



The SHSGP program focus is on enhancing regional preparedness and capabilities in major metropolitan areas. The Santa Monica Fire Department requested funds to send staff to trainings that support its core public safety missions as well as regional homeland security goals and to fund enhanced technology for the Hazardous Materials specialty apparatus. The following are the ten major regional homeland security focus areas of the SHSGP grant program, known as Investment Justifications (IJ):

lJ #  1:   Strengthen Capabilities of the State Threat Assessment System;

IJ #  2:   Protect Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources;

IJ #  3:   Enhance Cybersecurity;

IJ #  4:   Strengthen Emergency Communications Capabilities Through Planning, Governance, Technology and Equipment;

IJ #  5:   Enhance Medical and Public Health Capabilities;

IJ #  6:   Preventing Violent Extremism Through Multi-Jurisdictional/Inter-Jurisdictional Collaboration and Coordination;

IJ #  7:   Enhance Community Resilience, Including Partnerships With Volunteers and Community Based Organizations and Programs;

IJ #  8:   Strengthen Information Sharing and Collaboration;

IJ #  9:   Enhance Multi-Jurisdictional/Inter-Jurisdictional All-Hazards Incident Planning, Response & Recovery Capabilities; and

IJ #10:  Homeland Security Exercise, Evaluation and Training Programs


The Fire Department would use $498,300 in funds to send members to training to support the City’s Type I USAR and HazMat teams and specialized Haz Mat CBRNE equipment.  Procurement for projects funded by the SHSGP grant will follow Santa Monica’s policies regarding competitive procurement processes.


The SHSGP program directly supports the national priority of expanding regional collaboration within the National Preparedness Goal, which defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies.  The SHSGP grant is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery from natural or man-made disasters.


The SHSGP 2018 program’s agreement was just received by the City since it takes the County of Los Angeles and the State the first year of the performance period to negotiate the workbook and approve the numerous regional projects before subrecipient agreements can be processed. The program will fund projects in 29 high-threat, high density areas selected by DHS. The County of Los Angeles is the region's grantor for the SHSGP grant and allocates funds to the City of Santa Monica. A regional working group and approval authority, made up of SHSGP stakeholders from throughout the Los Angeles-Long Beach Urban Area, are the governance bodies that determine which regional projects to submit to DHS for grant funding.


The SHSGP grant program is 100% federally funded by DHS and managed through the State of California's Office of Emergency Services. The City of Santa Monica has received over $14 million in federal security grant funding since 2003. These funds have been used to purchase necessary interoperable communication and infrastructure equipment, supplies, and training in direct support of overall regional goals to promote effective information gathering, sharing, and response to threats and/or acts of terrorism. 



Financial Impacts

Staff seeks authority to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency for the 2018 SHSGP program to fund training in direct support of overall regional goals to promote effective information gathering, sharing, and response to threats and/or acts of terrorism.


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