Office of Homeland Security
Kentucky Receives $11.7 million in Homeland Security Grants
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2009) – Kentucky is receiving $11.7 million in federal fiscal year 2009 funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for local first responders.
“These grants provide direct support for regional preparedness, urban security and medical response efforts in communities across the country,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said. “The new grants management initiative launched this year will generate better value for every grant dollar while strengthening our nation’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters.”
Kentucky will receive $8.6 million in State Homeland Security Grants (SHSG), a $2.2 million Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant for Louisville, $642,442 in Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grants for Lexington and Louisville, and $230,487 in Citizen Corps Program (CCP) funds.
The SHSG allocation represents a decrease of $996,500 from the previous year. However, UASI funding was increased $780,300.
SHSG funds are used to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels through planning, equipment, and readiness activities. UASI grants enhance urban-preparedness capabilities while MMRS grants help improve regional mass casualty incident preparedness and response capabilities. CCP funds bring community and government leaders together who then engage citizens in their own community preparedness, response and recovery from daunting events.
“Although the homeland security grant dollars we received are down from last year, Kentucky did fare better than many states, and that is definitely encouraging,” said Thomas L. Preston, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “I am concerned, however, that continued cutbacks could adversely impact not only our assigned missions but also the security programs, training and equipment needed by so many cities and counties.”
Preston described the top KOHS priority as one finding more innovative and creative solutions to reduce threats and dangers, enhance security analyses, administer the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center, continue cutting edge training, protect critical infrastructure, and acquire communications and other vital paraphernalia for first responders.
Kentucky’s Homeland Security programs, administration and staffing are financed almost entirely through federal dollars.