DHS releases state grants for emergency management
The Department of Homeland Security has released $194 million to help states and local governments prepare and implement emergency management activities through the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. California was given the largest grant, at nearly $15.4 million.
“The department remains steadfast in its commitment to providing this critical assistance to the nation’s emergency management community,” said Under Secretary George Foresman. “These resources will help state and local officials to sustain or strengthen the effectiveness of emergency management programs nationwide.”
State emergency management agencies use EMPG funds to enhance their emergency management capabilities in a range of areas that include planning, equipping, and training, conducting exercises, and providing for all-hazards emergency management operations. In addition, EMPG funds are used to pay for personnel who write plans, conduct training and exercise programs, maintain emergency response programs, and educate the public on disaster readiness.
Other states receiving high dollar amounts include New York ($9.05 million), Florida ($8.08 million) and Texas ($10.09 million). For a complete list of the grant allocations, visit www.dhs.gov/xgovt/grants/gc_1172607766048.shtm