Office of Homeland Security
Kentucky Receives $11 million in Homeland Security Grants
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2010) – Kentucky is receiving $11 million in federal fiscal year 2010 funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about $600,000 less than the previous year.
“This funding pays for training for fire fighters, medics and police officers, supports the purchase of equipment that is essential to our first responders, and improves our ability to communicate during disasters,” said U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “These investments have a direct impact on communities across our country as we work together to build, sustain and improve the resilience of our families, businesses and neighborhoods.”
Kentucky will receive $8 million in the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), $2.2 million Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant for Louisville, $634,838 in Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grants for Lexington and Louisville, and $197,252 in Citizen Corps Program (CCP) funds.
“These Department of Homeland Security funds will bolster the effectiveness of first responders with the equipment they need to carry out their vital mission in responding to natural and manmade disasters and keep Kentucky safe and secure,” said Gov. Steven L. Beshear. “And with the oversight of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, I am confident that this allocation of federal dollars will be maximized to benefit citizens throughout the Commonwealth.”
Of the $8 million in SHSP, about $6.4 million will be available for grants. The remaining funds will be used to manage Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center and provide training and exercise programs for first responders
The SHSG allocation represents a decrease of nearly $600,000 from the previous year. The CCP award is $33,235 less than last year.
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.
“This marks the third straight year that federal funding for Kentucky has been reduced,” noted Thomas L. Preston, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “This is a continuation of reduced annual federal funding.”
Preston said a top KOHS priority is 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 equipment for first responders.
Kentucky’s Homeland Security programs, administration and staffing are financed almost entirely through federal dollars.