About the UASI Program
Background of the Federal Program
Created in 2003 in the wake of the September 11, 2001
terrorist attacks against the United States by al-Qaeda, the Urban Area
Security Initiative (UASI) is the only federal homeland security grant program
that requires regional governance, strategic planning and investing involving
all disciplines - law enforcement, fire service, public health and medical,
public works, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and emergency
management – in order to acquire the necessary plans, equipment, training and exercises
to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from threats and acts of
terrorism and other major hazards.
This program was established to enhance the preparedness
level of high threat communities. With support from the UASI and related Homeland
Security grant programs, stakeholders in the Jersey City – Newark urban area
are engaged in a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional partnership to
improve local capacity to prepare for, protect against, response to and recover
from catastrophic incidents.
The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program is
administered by DHS/FEMA under the Homeland Security Grant Program and is one
of a suite risk-based grants to assist state, local, tribal and territorial
efforts in preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to and
recovering from acts of terrorism and other threats. This grant provides
grantees with the resources required for implementation of the National
Preparedness System and working toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure
and resilient nation.
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About Jersey City - Newark UASI
The Jersey City/Newark UASI encompasses the 2 core Cities of
Newark and Jersey City along with the counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex,
Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Union. The Jersey City/Newark UASI was
established by a charter that formed a 9 entity Executive Committee (UEC) that
represents each of the core city and counties in the UASI region. Under that
charter multi-jurisdictional discipline based working groups were put in place
to develop programs that identified and filled gaps in regional capability and
The UASI Program Management Office (PMO), formally implemented as the
Office for Management and Regional Integration (OMRI) within the Rutgers Center
on Policing under the Institute for Secure communities, was established to
provide program oversight and coordination as required by the 7 Urban Area
Security Initiative (UASI) Counties and 2 Core Cities under the direction of
the UASI Executive Committee (UEC).
The PMO ensures that all funding and resources provided to the UASI are
utilized consistent with the UEC direction and requirements of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security
and Preparedness (OHSP) and local jurisdictional guidance and regulations.
The PMO supports project development and provides technical assistance to
the UASI Leadership, Sub-Committees, and other supporting organizations. This
assistance includes providing guidance, ensuring linkage to the Threat Hazard
Identification and Risk Assessment/State Preparedness Report; developing
technical and supportive guidelines for inclusion in Investment Justifications
(IJ); providing recommendations regarding latest technologies; and the final
and full development of any IJ to the standards as required by DHS/FEMA. The
PMO assists all UASI jurisdictions in the establishment of priorities for
project funding consistent with the THIRA/SPR; provides reporting of status
programmatically and financially; monitors and validates current and projected
maintenance and sustainment costs; assist with procurement issues, and/or the
coordination of procurement with OHSP and others; develops necessary MOUs and
other agreements that ensures regionalization consistent with the THIRA.
Performs duties required by UASI Executive Committee. The PMO is tasked
- Ensuring UASI mission
and core capabilities are aligned with projects, committees, and working
Sub-Committee deliverables that promote collaboration and enhance regional
- Identifying gaps and
strategic needs of the region to enhance preparedness activities.
- Acting as the liaison
between the UASI Executive Committee, the NJ Office of Homeland Security
and Preparedness, and National UASI activities.
- Program Development
& Assessments as related to the Threat Hazard Identification Risk
Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR)
- Development ,validation,
updating and the completion of required reports identifying progress
related to all identified efforts as they relate to identified gaps.