Office of Homeland Security

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announced today that Kentucky has received $26,935,831 in 2006 grant funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Of this total, the city of Louisville will receive $8.52 million in direct funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant.  

“One of this administration’s top priorities is ensuring a greater level of public safety and emergency preparedness for our commonwealth’s communities, first responders and families,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence. “It is critical that Kentucky be prepared for any disaster or emergency – natural or man-made – and this funding will help us reach that goal.”  

The total funding figure includes grant awards for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), UASI, Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), Citizen Corps Program (CCP) and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG).  

Louisville has been focused on building our MetroSafe radio communications system to connect our 3,200 first responders with each other and with more than 20 emergency agencies in the surrounding region,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.  “This latest grant will move our initiative closer to completion and we appreciate the federal government’s and Kentucky Homeland Security’s continuing support of Louisville’s security investments.” 

2006 marks the first year that each state and urban area were called on to compete with one another to receive federal homeland security funds. Previously, these funds were distributed on a population basis. Funding is now provided to states and urban areas on the basis of risk and effectiveness of the state’s homeland security program.  

The competitive grant process has been utilized in Kentucky since 2004. The 2006 state homeland security grant process began on March 1. Between March 1 and the May 1 deadline for state and local grant applications to submit their proposals to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, the agency received 371 applications for funding from agencies across Kentucky 

Beginning on May 15, a group of more than 30 peer reviewers from the fields of law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, emergency management, technology, and the private sector scored each application. Peer reviewers were asked to review the applications to evaluate the anticipated effectiveness of the proposed solutions in addressing need and increasing the state’s preparedness capabilities to meet the State and National homeland security priorities. The panel ended their review on May 18. 

The grant applications now go to an Executive Review Committee then to the state Homeland Security Working Group for final review. Local and state agencies will be notified of their funding no later than August 1. 

This year, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s grant submission to DHS  identified mobile data communications, voice interoperable communications (including 9-1-1 services and the Kentucky Emergency Warning System), the continued build-out of the Intelligence and Information Fusion Center, the enhancement of the Kentucky Open Portal Solution (KyOPS), the state commercial vehicle program, the Community Preparedness Program, citizen awareness and outreach, and the exercise and training programs as the state’s top homeland security priorities. These priorities were identified utilizing a series of consultations and meetings with local, state and federal officials, along with significant input from Louisville officials.  

In March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security touted the Commonwealth’s homeland security grant application and grants distribution process in a publication of the nation’s most “Promising Grants Management Practices.”  

(Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, added, “I am proud that DHS has recognized the effectiveness of our homeland security programs and has provided this funding to help us meet our state priorities. This year’s grant distribution process is tightly focused on those priorities and I am confident this year’s funding will greatly increase the abilities of our communities, first responders and families to prepare, protect, respond and recover from any threat or emergency.”