The Office for Domestic Preparedness is providing financial assistance to selected urban areas through the FY 2003 Urban Areas Security Initiative. Seven selected urban areas will be provided direct funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, and thirty selected urban areas will be provided funding through their respective States from the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003. The UASI Grant Programs I and II are being provided to address the unique equipment, training, planning, and exercise needs of large high threat urban areas, and program activities must involve coordination by the identified core city, core county/counties, and the respective State Administrative Agency. The funding will provide assistance to build an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism for the selected urban areas. The Department of Homeland Security looks forward to working with all of you in this critical national effort to secure our homeland.