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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Ferguson Group has compiled an impressive amount of experience and expertise in handling homeland security and emergency management issues. Our staff has dealt with both statewide and localized emergencies in most parts of the country. Whether the disaster is natural or man-made, TFG knows how to help the community respond and recover. We can guide local officials through the maze of programs, acronyms, and red tape to access the resources they need to bring life back to normal.  We are particularly strong in developing and implementing long-term recovery strategies and programs. Communities need advocacy in Washington, D.C. that can help them know where to go for assistance long before a disaster ever strikes, and that can stand with local officials to ensure a strong response and recovery in the aftermath of cataclysmic events.

Client Successes

  • Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program

    TFG helps its clients understand the array of new homeland security funds available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the process local governments must go through to access them.  TFG worked closely with congressional delegations, local staff and DHS to help its clients secure funding under the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, including $16 million for Memphis, TN; $12.7 million for Cincinnati, OH; and $15 million for Santa Ana, CA.

  • City of Concord, NC

    Working with neighboring communities, Harrisburg and Kannapolis, the City of Concord, NC, secured a $998,160 grant for equipment under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This funding was used to upgrade communication capabilities to be compliant with the State Communications Interoperability Plan and FCC Narrow Band Mandate. The grant award allowed all of the Cities’ fire departments to purchase new radio equipment for department-owned vehicles to ensure they are in compliance with state and national standards and able to respond to emergency calls across Cabarrus County and the surrounding counties. 

  • Broward County, FL

    TFG assisted Broward County to enable a better understanding of the security needs and contracting mechanisms for ports that were owned and operated by local governments.  The agency also administered the first round of Port Security grants following the 9/11 attacks.  Draft program rules would have penalized owner/ operators like Broward that made majority security investments before the attacks.  Because of TFG’s compelling advocacy, Broward not only received funding that cycle, but received the largest award.  The County received a grant award in every subsequent funding cycle.