07.28.15

Leahy: Vermont Nets $6.7 M. In Homeland Security Preparedness Grants

In Homeland Security Preparedness Grants

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, July 28, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that the State of Vermont will receive $6.7 million in federal grants to develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.  The grants were awarded under a formula championed by Leahy to protect smaller states like Vermont and were made public by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tuesday.

Leahy said, “Vermonters understand that it is crucial to be prepared.  We saw how devastating Tropical Storm Irene was for our rural communities, and we remember how the Vermont Air National Guard were among the first to respond in the tragic aftermath of 9/11. These grants will ensure that our first responders across the state and in our communities have the resources they need to train for the unexpected and respond when the moment comes.”

Vermont will receive grant awards from two DHS programs:

  • $3,734,500 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.
  • $3,032,644 for 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 and other catastrophic events.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $120 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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