The ESRI Homeland Security Grant Program was established to provide assistance to government agencies with the establishment of organization-wide and region-wide data infrastructure development. The Homeland Security initiative is focused on three primary objectives. These objectives are protecting life, property, and critical infrastructure. GIS has been recognized as a core information and analysis tool that helps manage geographic-based and associated data.
The software and data made available through the program are provided as a means of establishing a crisis center for first responders in the event of a Homeland Security breech, as well as a vehicle to develop a centralized geographic database of critical infrastructure for the purpose of planning, analysis, and decision support. Moreover, the grant package is designed to establish a foundation required to support field operations and public information. This grant consists of a $500,000 GIS investment program that will directly support the IndianaMap Crisis and Response Center. ESRI will provide software and training to the State of Indiana through the Counter-Terrorsm and Security Council (C-TASC).
A total of ten awards were granted today for Phase II of the Crisis and Response Center Program. In addition to State of Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council, IN, awards went to the following agencies:
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- County of Santa Clara, CA
- Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management, FL
- State of Colorado's Office of Preparedness and Security, CO
- St. Clair County Office of Emergency Management, MI
- Eugene Water and Electric Board, OR
- Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Information Services, PA
- Louisiana State Police, LA
- Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health, DC