Terrorism Preparedness: A Catalog of Federal Assistance Programs [Updated March 13, 2002] [open pdf - 66KB]
Congress has authorized a limited number of programs specifically designed to assist state and local governments with preparing for terrorist attacks, particularly those involving weapons of mass destruction. Congress also authorizes several general assistance programs that states and localities may use for terrorism preparedness. At present, several agencies administer preparedness programs, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Justice, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Congress authorizes the agencies to provide technical assistance and monetary grants for emergency planning, training, and equipment acquisition. Federal preparedness programs fall into the following categories: emergency management and planning, training, equipment, law enforcement, public health and medical community.
CRS Report for Congress, RL31227