Urban Area Security Initiative
Mission: To support and enhance our preparedness as a region, state, and nation with the implementation of effective Homeland Security programs and strategic initiatives accomplished by providing our emergency responder community, and ultimately our citizens, with the resources and training needed for a safer and more secure community. To provide responsible leadership, planning, and direction in the execution of our grant-supported projects through effective management and astute fiscal responsibility at all levels and at all times.
Vision: The Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative Board will provide the leadership, guidance, and oversight necessary to foster effective cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary partnerships. These partnerships will form the framework for the development, implementation, and sustainment of effective homeland security programs that significantly improve the safety and security of our region’s citizens, visitors, businesses, and local governments.
The Detroit/Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative was created in 2006 to develop, foster, facilitate, and strengthen regional collaboration and interoperability within and between jurisdictions in Southeast Michigan, also known as Region 2 within the State of Michigan’s plan for Homeland Security regionalization. Since the SEMI UASI region was formed, regional partners have developed a strong culture of working together, with strong partnerships, established agreements for collaboration, and a history of using the Incident Command System (ICS).
The Detroit/Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative (SEMI UASI) consists of the geographic area that includes the City of Detroit and the counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne. SEMI UASI partners protect 4.5 million Americans and approximately 450,000 Canadians living along with the largest freshwater lake system in the world. The area is comprised of 211 cities, villages and townships.
The Region 2 Homeland Security Planning Board (Southeast Michigan UASI Board), made up of representatives of the City of Detroit, all counties within the urban area, and advisory members from all major homeland security disciplines, is charged with enhancing the region’s collective capability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from large-scale disasters and catastrophic events.
Each year, the SEMI UASI is awarded funding under both the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP) and the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program. MI UASI leadership wholeheartedly support the National Preparedness Goal, “A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.
Our Five Priorities Of The Mission Areas In The National Preparedness Goal
- Prevention: Prevent, avoid, or stop an imminent, threatened, or actual act of terrorism.
- Protection: Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards our region faces in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive.
- Mitigation: Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
- Response: Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of an act of terrorism or other catastrophic incidents.
- Recovery: Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening and revitalization of infrastructure, housing and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric of communities affected by acts of terrorism or other catastrophic incidents.