Thursday, 10 25, 2012
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced $2.2 million in State Homeland Security Grants for 97 projects across the Commonwealth that will be used for first-responder, communications and critical infrastructure equipment and training programs.
“State Homeland Security Grants strengthen the effectiveness of our first responders as they carry out their important role of protecting citizens when natural and man-made disasters occur,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am confident that this allocation of federal dollars has been maximized to help keep Kentuckians safe and secure.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds are used to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels through planning, equipment and readiness activities.
Gene Kiser, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), said local agencies submitted 211 applications totaling $11.8 million for these grants.
“These grants are in high demand across the Commonwealth,” Kiser said. “The approved grants will be beneficial in helping first responders tackle their important jobs.”
Of the grants:
The approved grants can be viewed at www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov/gp.
Kiser said KOHS seeks to find more innovative and creative ways to reduce threats and dangers, enhance security analyses, continue cutting-edge training, protect critical infrastructure, and acquire communications and other vital equipment for first responders
The state’s homeland security programs, administration and staffing are financed almost entirely through federal dollars.