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On September 28, 2012, the President of the United States signed P.L. 112-175. This public law is a continuing resolution that will allow the  Homeland Security Appropriations Act to be funded. This provided vital funding needed to ensure the safety of our homeland. Grant funds were awarded to Mississippi with the intent of increasing the terrorist deterrence and prevention abilities of the state.  A minimum of 25%  of the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) funds are used for Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Initiatives. The SHSGP funds are to be administered by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. These grant funds are to be used to safeguard Mississippi's citizens from terrorist activities and are specifically designed to aid in the prevention efforts before such events can take place.

The money attained through the SHSGP is used to aid in the training of emergency first responders, the purchase of state of the art equipment for combating and preventing terrorist acts and for planning, and exercise. The SHSGP funds are also used for management, administration and the development of Citizen Corps projects at the local level. Every year, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security allocates available funds to local jurisdictions and state agencies.

Each grant request will be reviewed and graded by a peer committee made up of a variety of first responder personnel. It will be further reviewed by an MOHS executive board to determine which grants best meet the strategic goals of this office to prevent and prepare for acts of terrorism in Mississippi. When writing your grant request, inform us of how receiving this grant will better prepare you for threats of terrorism, criminal activity and infrastructure protection within your jurisdiction. Let us know about vulnerabilities you face and how the grant will help strengthen your security.

All of this information shows that the Federal Government, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders, and Citizen Corps groups are working together to help ensure Mississippi will remain safe and vigilant.

Authorized Equipment List

Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Can be found on the Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) section of the FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing ( Website at​.