Office of Homeland Security
Lt. Governor Steve Pence and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Director For Community Preparedness Liz DiGregorio Announce Homeland Security Preparedness Funding for Shelby County

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 03, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

Frankfort, KY: Lt. Governor Steve Pence was joined today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Director for Community Preparedness Liz DiGregorio to announce this year’s preparedness funding for Shelby County. The funding, which will provide significant benefits to the entire Louisville area, will provide funding for interoperable communications infrastructure and equipment. It will also supply funding for the area’s Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Team to better equip local First Responders to respond in the event of an emergency.

“It is our goal to prepare Kentucky’s communities, First Responders, and families for both natural and manmade disasters. This type of long-range investment will play a tremendous part in that effort,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. “These grants continue this administration’s commitment to provide law enforcement and First Responders with the equipment they need to ensure our communities are ready and prepared.”

Of the total investment, more than $93,000 will be used to enhance the counties voice interoperability system so that First Responders will be able to communicate with one another as they roll onto the scene of an emergency. More than $112,000 of this total investment will be used to ensure the areas HazMat team will have the protective equipment they need in the event of an emergency. This funding will benefit communities in an eight county area that includes the City of Louisville.

Liz DiGregorio, Director of Community Preparedness for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security added, “Kentucky’s preparedness efforts are to be commended and this type of strategically placed funding will benefit the entire state for many years to come.”

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