Since its inception, the intent of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program has been to enhance regional terrorism preparedness in major metropolitan areas by developing integrated systems for terrorism prevention, protection, response, and recovery. The UASI program provides financial assistance to address the unique regional, multi-discipline terrorism preparedness planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards, including natural disasters and other major incidents. UASI funds may be used for other preparedness activities as long as their link to terrorism is clearly demonstrated. UASI funds are intended for regional approaches to overall preparedness.
The region is moving towards a multi-year planning process in an effort to better forecast regional requirements and maintain an ongoing prioritization list. COG is working with the State Administrative Agent, regional leaders, and subject matter experts in creating a transparent, consistent UASI process that blends the appropriate amount of leadership guidance and autonomy from committee members while ensuring that the appropriate level of information is still available to inform decision-making.