Leahy: Vermont Nets $6.3 M. In Homeland Security Grants

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday announced that Vermont will receive $6.3 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), up from $5.7 million last year.  The grants – under a formula championed by Leahy that protects smaller states like Vermont -- will help Vermont develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

Leahy said, “As a rural state and a border state, Vermont understands that prevention and preparedness plans are a must.  We tragically saw firsthand how devastating natural disasters like Tropical Storm Irene can be in our state’s rural communities.  These grants have a dual purpose.  They will help ensure that our first responders are prepared to respond to national security incidents, and they will help Vermont prepare for future natural disasters.”

Vermont will receive grant awards from two DHS programs:

  • $3,459,364 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 smaller, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to thwart and deal with terrorism.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $115 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities.  Leahy is the most 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 DHS and its grant programs. 

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