02.17.12

Leahy: Vermont Nets $5.75 M. In Homeland Security Grants

Vermont will receive more than $5.75 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday.  The grants will help Vermont develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

“As a rural, border state, prevention and preparedness plans are a must in Vermont,” said Leahy.  “I tragically saw firsthand this summer how devastating natural disasters can be in rural areas in Vermont.  These grants will both help us ensure our first responders are prepared to respond to incidents threatening national security and help our state prepare for future natural disasters.”

Vermont will receive grant awards from two DHS programs:

  • $2,801,316 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to support the implementation of strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to help state and local first responder agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters;
  • $2,950,239 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards.

Leahy has long championed all-state minimum funding formulas for homeland security grants to ensure that small, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to prevent terrorism.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $110 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bills that fund the DHS grant programs. 

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