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FEMA Grant Enables Durham to Plan for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

Post Date:02/01/2018

Durham, N.C. – Local preparedness for an incident of terrorism has improved with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant awarded to Durham County Government, in partnership with Orange and Wake counties. The grant totaling $931,500 will be used to strengthen the Triangle Region’s ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA). Durham is one of 29 grant recipients across the country benefiting from the total combined grant allocation of $35.94 million nationwide. The CCTA work plan and budget submitted by Durham and partnering agencies received federal approval and will be drawn upon over a period of 36 months.


A CCTA is a synchronized attack conducted by one or more independent teams that can occur at multiple locations or in close succession. They are initiated with little or no warning, using multiple attackers and employing firearms, explosives or fire as a weapon. Recent attacks in Brussels, Boston, Paris, London and San Bernardino, California, have created a need for local communities to develop plans and properly train and exercise first responders to help their citizens should a crisis evolve.



Durham City-County Emergency Management officials are eager to begin the planning process that will advance public safety across the Triangle region through the CCTA grant. “Durham County’s approach to implementing the CCTA grant program will be cross-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary, and a whole community collaboration,” said Durham County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Director Jim Groves. “This will help us develop regional emergency response plans and annexes, sustainable online and classroom training, and a progressive series of exercises designed to test our capabilities across the Triangle region.” Groves added that innovation and sustainability will play a key factor in creating a product that involves the whole community. “This approach will include state and local agencies, as well as voluntary organizations and businesses throughout the Triangle.”


Last month, the Durham Board of County Commissioners recognized the Durham County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Department for receiving the grant and heard from Groves regarding how the grant will benefit residents and visitors of the Triangle. FEMA awarded the grants after applications were reviewed and scored independently by a peer review panel comprised of experts from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal organizations that have experience and/or advanced training in CCTAs. Awards were issued via a competitive basis on July 13, 2017. Grant recipients have demonstrated a need for funding support; effective, sustainable and regional approaches; showed the project’s impact that presents an increase in the jurisdiction’s preparedness and resilience to CCTAs once implemented; and have a reasonable and cost-effective budget.



For more information about Durham City-County Emergency Management or the CCTA grant, visit, call (919) 560-0660, or email





 About Durham City-County Emergency Management

Durham City-County Emergency Management is a Division of the Durham County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Department.  Emergency Management is responsible for preparing the community and first responders to respond to complex emergencies, as well as prevent, protect, recover from, and mitigate threats and hazards in the Durham area.