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; and
  5. Community preparedness.

A Regional Radio Frequency System

 Full Scale Exercise: Emory University