The events of September 11th awoke our nation to the real threat of international terrorism. It was no longer a crisis that happened across oceans, but a tragedy clearly pointing out vulnerabilities at national, state and local levels. The focus became building capabilities at all levels of government with the goal of prevention, preparing for, responding to and recovering from terrorist events.
In the summer of 2003, Denver and metro partners were selected as one of fifty urban areas across the country to receive grant monies from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The Denver UASI partnership includes twenty-four cities, counties and fire districts. Since the inception of Denver UASI, millions of dollars have been spent equipping and training our first responders. This year, one of our primary focuses will be Community Education.