About Homeland Security and MMRS
The State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) is a core assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the State and local levels and to implement the goals and objectives included in State Homeland Security Strategies and initiatives in the State Preparedness Report.
SHSGP supports the implementation of State Homeland Security Strategies to address the identified planning, equipment, training and exercise needs for acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
Activities implemented under SHSGP must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, or response to, and recovery from terrorism.
In Riverside County, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Branch receives funding from SHSGP to implement the following objectives:
- To coordinate and implement trainings and exercises to enhance response capability skills for first responders (fire, law, EMS and public health) and the medical/health community.
- To provide a pharmaceutical cache for treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis for first responders and non-traditional first responders such as medical staff, public health and those individuals who provide front-line emergency or essential services.
- To purchase equipment to enhance response capabilities for first responders and the medical/health community.
The MMRS program supports the integration of emergency management, health, and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents caused by any hazard.
These grants fund a wide range of preparedness activities, to include planning, equipment purchases, training and exercises.
Trainings and Exercises:
Trainings and exercises are used to enhance the capabilities of local hazmat teams and emergency preparedness and response personnel. They encourage coordination and collaboration and provide a venue to practice prevention, protection, response and recovery activities.