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Federal Programs Awarded $790M to Strengthen US Security

DHS_Square Emblem_PublicDepartment of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the fiscal year 2010 Preparedness Grants, which awards almost $790 million to state, local and tribal governments and the private sector to strengthen preparedness for acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.

“These grants play a major role in our efforts to work with our state, local, tribal and territorial and private sector partners to build a national culture of readiness and resilience,” Napolitano said. “We continue to focus on maximizing efficiency and value while prioritizing risk in awarding grants to strengthen our nation’s security.”

The critical infrastructure and preparedness grants include specific steps undertaken by DHS to improve the ability of grant applicants to maximize funding and also implement input from state, local, tribal and territorial and private sector partners. Awards will be made on a rolling basis over the summer.

The FY 2010 grants announced today include:

Transit Security Grant Program – $253.4 million to protect critical transit infrastructure from terrorism—in addition to $150 million in transit security grants provided by the Recovery Act, totaling $403.4 million.

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program– $11.5 million to assist operators of fixed-route intercity and charter bus services to support security plans, facility security upgrades and vehicle and driver protection.

Port Security Grant Program – $288 million to protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism; enhance maritime domain awareness and risk management capabilities to protect against improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons; conduct training and exercises; and support implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential—in addition to $150 million in port security grants provided by the Recovery Act, totaling $438 million.

Buffer Zone Protection Program – $48 million to increase preparedness capabilities of jurisdictions responsible for safeguarding critical infrastructure sites and key resource assets, such as chemical facilities and nuclear power plants.

Emergency Operations Centers Grant Program– $57.6 million to support the construction or renovation of Emergency Operations Centers to improve state, local or tribal emergency management and preparedness capabilities to ensure continuity of operations during disasters.

Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program– $48 million to assist governments in carrying out initiatives identified in Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans and improve interoperable emergency communications used to respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

Driver’s License Security Grant Program – $48 million to help states and territories improve security of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in order to reduce fraud, enhance the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents and prevent terrorism.

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