Office of Homeland Security
KOHS Awards $7.6 Million in State Homeland Security Grants
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2009) –The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) has awarded $7.6 million in State Homeland Security Grants for first responders throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.
Gov. Beshear described the new Homeland Security grants vital to the Commonwealth in a variety of ways.
“First, they help acquire equipment, training and other support needs for our first responders. Second, they enhance local involvement in neighborhood and community safety programs. Third, they strengthen our critical intelligence operations, which constitute an essential front-line defense against terrorism and other dire events,” he explained.
The awards were for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved equipment for law enforcement, fire and emergency services, and search and rescue agencies. Items funded included mobile and portable radios, base stations, mobile-data computers, radio repeaters, community warning systems, bomb squad accoutrements, water-rescue apparatus, hazardous- materials response gear, surveillance devices, and medical equipment.
In all, 176 applications were received for this funding cycle and KOHS was able to fund 113 projects throughout the state. Some of the applications received were referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Commercial Radio Service Board.
“We aggressively pursue increased safety and security in the best interest of all citizens and guests. And we do so in the most effective manner possible. These grants support first responder missions on behalf of the recipient community and region. It’s an integral part of our objective,” said Thomas L. Preston, executive director of KOHS.
A peer review established baseline rankings for grant applications with emphasis placed on the state’s homeland security strategy plan. Before projects are officially closed, the grant process demands multiple compliance assurances, inspections and guarantees for every dollar allocated.
DHS provides the funding for the grants administered by KOHS.