SHSP Program Overview: The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) is a core homeland security assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the State and local levels through planning, equipment, training, and exercise activities and to implement the goals and objectives included in State Homeland Security Strategies and initiatives in the Program and Capability Enhancement Plan. The allowable scope of SHSP activities includes catastrophic events, provided that activities implemented also build capabilities that relate to terrorism. Many of the capabilities included within the Target Capabilities List are dual-use in nature, in that they can apply to both terrorism preparedness as well as other all hazards.
Activities implemented under SHSP must support terrorism preparedness and build or enhance capabilities that relate to terrorism in order to be considered eligible, even if the capabilities themselves do not focus exclusively on terrorism. For example, mass evacuation planning supports terrorism preparedness but also other types of catastrophic events. Planning for pandemic influenza and linking that effort to a larger bioterrorism preparedness effort offers another example. Grantees must demonstrate the dual-use nature of any activities implemented under this program that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness.
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