Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Kentucky Awarded Up to $30.4 Million in Homeland Security Funds
Governor Fletcher: Ensuring safety of Kentuckians ‘top priority’
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Kentucky will receive up to $30.4 million in grants for 2007 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“Our top priority is ensuring the safety of Kentuckians,” Governor Fletcher said. “I am confident these funds will increase the abilities of our communities, first responders and families to prepare, protect, respond to and recover from any threat or emergency.”
The funding total includes awards for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), Metropolitan Medical Response System, Citizen Corps Program, the Emergency Management Performance Grant and the newly created one time Public Safety Interoperable Communications grant program.
For a second straight year, DHS awarded grants on a competitive basis using formulas that measured risk and effectiveness.
State and local agencies submitted 207 applications totaling almost $75 million to compete for the SHSP and LETPP funds. Peer reviewers from law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, emergency management, technology and the private sector scored each application. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) asked reviewers to evaluate each proposal in terms of how effectively it would enhance Kentucky’s preparedness capabilities.
Grant applications now go to an executive review committee and then to the state Homeland Security Working Group for final review. Local and state agencies will be notified of their funding no later than Sept. 18.
Kentucky’s grant submission to DHS identified the following as top homeland security priorities: mobile data communications, communications infrastructure, 9-1-1 services, continued development of the Intelligence and Information Fusion Center, enhancement of the Kentucky Open Portal Solution, the state commercial vehicle program, citizen awareness and outreach, and exercise and training programs.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the commonwealth's prevention and preparedness efforts to ensure Kentucky’s communities, first responders and families are Ready and Prepared. For more information, visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.