The Homeland Security Department has allotted more than $1.6 billion in total funding for its preparedness grant programs to help state, local, tribal and territorial partners respond to threats.
Programs under the allocations are the Homeland Security Grant Program, Port Security Grant Program, Transit Security Grant Program, Urban Areas Security Initiative and Operation Stonegarden, among others, the DHS said Friday.
“Homeland security grants have demonstrated time and again that funding for preparedness capabilities ensure our nation is better equipped to respond to a range of threats, disasters and incidents,” said DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson.
“By working with our partners at all levels of government to focus our limited resources, the FY 2014 homeland security grant allocations will better support our current homeland security missions, and address our ongoing preparedness efforts,” added Johnson.
DHS intends for the grant allocations to help secure the U.S. borders and ports, address threats in urban areas and support the U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations along the southwest border.
Part of the funding will also go to counterterrorism efforts, law enforcement missions and crime-prevention operations.