Homeland Security & Recovery

Preparing for a Secure Region

ARC administers the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant program, created in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

UASI was designed to provide enhanced federal preparedness funding to high-threat, high-density urban areas that were identified as vital to the nation’s economy and national security, if disrupted by a terrorist attack. Our focus is to manage the Atlanta UASI in partnership with jurisdictions in the UASI footprint. Those jurisdictions are: City of Atlanta, and Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

UASI’s goals and objectives are to build and sustain capabilities related to specific functions.  The funds are used to address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of public safety and first responders to prevent, protect, respond, and recover in the event of threats or acts of terrorism and other major hazards.

Since the inception of the Atlanta UASI program in 2004, funding has been used in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  1. Training and Exercises
  2. Equipping First Responders
  3. Regional Planning Projects
  4. Interoperability communications and plans
  5. Community preparedness

Atlanta UASI 2019 Public Safety Immersion

The Atlanta UASI 2019 Public Safety Immersion booklet summarizes the shared experiences between leaders of diverse communities and the region’s public safety community to better engage with the citizens they serve. This colorful booklet describes how fostering trust between law enforcement and communities of faith can build bridges to lasting relationships, while helping to prevent bias-based confrontations. Included in the booklet is a resource page with links for further study, and the project’s Final Report.


Immersion – Video 1

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Immersion – Video 2

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Situational Assessment Capabilities

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Communication Capabilities

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Bomb Robot

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Video Capabilities

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Campus Shooting Drill

NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit empowerline.org.

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