The Securing the Cities (STC) program is a five-year program funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a radiological/nuclear terrorist weapon against a major metropolitan area in the United States by establishing sustainable capability within Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) partner agencies to detect, analyze, and report nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control within their jurisdictions.
The program is currently operating in five urban areas: New York City, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region (NCR), Chicago, and Houston. HSEMA has partnered with 25 government agencies and other organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, including law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, hazmat teams, health, transportation, and others. The program will provide radiological/nuclear detection equipment, training, information sharing, and regional cooperative framework to first responders throughout the NCR.