Catholic Health Hospitals Receive Security Grants

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June 17, 2009

Two Catholic Health hospitals were approved for grants totaling nearly $92,000 through a federal program designed for urban nonprofit organizations at high risk of terrorist attacks.

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital will receive the grants through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program within the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Mercy Hospital will receive $75,000 for additional security cameras and Sisters Hospital will utilize the grants for funding improvement to its access control system.

The UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for “target-hardening” activities to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located within the identified urban areas who are deemed at high risk of terrorist attack. Grants totaling $15 million were allocated for 2009. The goal was to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

In 2007, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, also part of Catholic Health, received a similar grant of $100,000 for the purchase security surveillance and access equipment. Kenmore Mercy received the grant because of its location near high-risk security targets, such as railroad, chemical/hazardous waste and border areas.

The Urban Areas Security Initiative, a Homeland Security Grant Program administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides $798.6 million to select areas to enhance regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. It is intended to assist jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery.