Public Alert Radios for Schools

To disseminate public alerts and warnings by providing Public Alert Radios to eligible schools.

Public alerts and warnings can be disseminated nationwide, regionally, or locally.

This program will: a) expand delivery of public alert services to designated schools; and b) enhance and strengthen
the capability of designated schools to provide alert and warning information directly to students and the public.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Property grants to provide Public Alert Radios to schools in designated geographic areas.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Schools located in geographic locations identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Students (K-12).


Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.12372.

Application Procedures

Public Alert Radios will be provided on the basis of available funding to the schools located in geographic locations identified by DHS.

Award Procedures

Radios will be distributed to selected schools accompanied by a letter, and a brochure explaining the program's purpose and use of the radio. Recipients will be instructed to respond by e-mail to confirm receipt and acceptance of property, and to agree that the radios will be used to receive 'all hazards' public warnings.


Not applicable.


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Eligible schools who receive a public alert radio, will respond by e-mail to the administering program office, confirming receipt of the Public Alert Radio and acceptance for its intended use.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $2,929,847; FY 08 est $1,500,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW, Bldg. # 410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

DHS will determine the allocation of radios based on the funding and the schools located in the geographic areas designated by DHS, eligible to receive a public alert radio.

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