Magazine article Insight on the News

Tracking Down Homeland-Security Dollars. (Nation in Brief)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Tracking Down Homeland-Security Dollars. (Nation in Brief)

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The way most of us have noticed the ratcheting up of homeland security probably is through travel inconveniences or headlines about the latest FBI raid. We may get a look at some of the action up close and personal in the near future though, as citizen-volunteer programs kick in. Initial efforts involve recruiting a group of 37,000 citizens who will be here to help "in matters of public safety and health, emergency response, and disaster preparedness and relief."

The program comes under the broad umbrella of the USA Freedom Corps and includes recruiting efforts by AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other nonprofit and public organizations. Notable among recipients of recently announced grants is the American Red Cross, though the range of individual organizations and partnerships receiving funds is quite broad.

Funding for the initial stages of the recruitment project is provided by $10.3 million in federal grants parceled out by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The basic idea of the program is to free up time that police, fire and other local departments otherwise would have to devote to routine matters, and to provide a wide variety of educational and support services to the general public. That way, the professionals can be out on the street hunting terrorists, or preparing for the next attack or incident.

So, what does that actually mean? A review of the most recent posting of grants gives a dramatic view of how the homeland-security effort really is getting down to the grass-roots, neighborhood level. The details of projects funded by the grants are varied, though many have to do with developing neighborhood- and business-watch activities, or getting word out to the public about how to react to chemical or biological attacks.

This series of grants was spread among nearly 30 states, so a full listing would take up quite a bit of space. …

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