State Administration Agency


The following list of websites was compiled by the Texas State Administrative Agency as a resource for state and local agencies. These websites provide a variety of useful information directly and indirectly related to Homeland Security Grant Funds and Emergency Management.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management
This website includes links to State emergency management information related to Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation of all types of emergencies and disasters. This site contains links to the latest situation reports, weather and road conditions, amber alerts, training information, conferences and workshops, hazard mitigation information, local emergency management information, and other useful links including the State Administrative Agency.

SPARS State Preparedness Assessment and Reporting Service
SPARS is a customized grant management tool that is designed to increase the ease of overseeing homeland security grants. It is a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted, web-based application that can be accessed anywhere you have in Internet connection. (Password Required)

Responder Knowledge Base
This Knowledge Base was created to provide Emergency Responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, on-line source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information. It includes grant guidance, authorized equipment list (AEL) codes, tabs for grant allowability, and previous AEL numbers.

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide
This document is provided for the use of all recipients and their subrecipients of federal grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

The Office of Grants and Training (G&T)
G&T is responsible for providing training, funds for the purchase of equipment, support for the planning and execution of exercises, technical assistance and other support to assist states and local jurisdictions to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Note: These responsibilities are in transition. Refer to the National Preparedness Directorate for the latest information.

Texas State Interoperability Executive Committee
This site contains links to the COG's Interoperability Plans and news regarding interoperability progress.

Texas Association of Regional Councils
The Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) was organized in 1973 by interlocal agreement among Texas' 24 regional councils of governments. The statewide association assists the regional councils in strengthening their capabilities to serve their local government members; provides a forum for the regular exchange of information and ideas; educates other governmental entities, public and private organizations, and the general public about the services and functions of regional councils; and represents the councils before both state and federal agencies and legislative bodies.

Lessons Learned Information Sharing
This website is the national network of Lessons Learned and Best Practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials.’s secure, restricted-access information is designed to facilitate efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism and other incidents across all disciplines and communities throughout the US.

National Incident Management System Integration Center (NIC)
The NIC was established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide strategic direction for and oversight of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

SAFECOM, a communications program of the Department of Homeland Security's Office for interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), with its Federal partners, provides research, development, testing and evaluation, guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response agencies.

Excluded Parties List System
This site is a public service by General Services Administration (GSA) for the purpose of efficiently and conveniently disseminating information on parties that are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits.

Office of the Governor Grant Guidelines and Instructions for State Agencies and Others

Fusion Center Guidelines (Large PDF - 5.74 MB)

Citizen Corps by region

Texas Homeland Security Conference 2010 Presentation: "How Grants Work" (PDF)
SAA overview of the Homeland Security Grant process. Presented at the Texas Homeland Security Conference February 18, 2010.

2010 Kickoff Meeting

FEMA: Title VI Program Overview (PDF)