08.23.11

Leahy: Vermont To Receive More Than $9.2 M. In Homeland Security Grants

Funds To Help State And Local Law Enforcement In Prevention, Preparedness

(TUESDAY, August 23) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont has secured more than $9.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help with prevention and preparedness. 

“Preserving our national security starts with prevention and preparedness,” said Leahy.  “First responders in Vermont are on the front lines each and every day, protecting our communities, securing our borders and ports of entry, and keeping our citizens safe.  Governments from Washington to local communities in Vermont are all tightening their fiscal belts, but these grants are an investment in our safety and security.  They will help Vermont ensure our borders and our communities are safe and secure.”

Vermont will receive grant awards under seven different DHS programs:

  • $5,137,205 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 law enforcement agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.  This grant allocation includes $1.7 million to be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities;
  • $2,860,761 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards;
  • $684,804 from the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the State of Vermont;
  • $330,254 from Operation Stonegarden to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies along travel routes into Vermont from Canada;
  • $86,748 from the Citizens Corps Program, to promote coordination between community and government leaders to include the involvement of community members and organizations in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery;
  • $69,750 from the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program, to be awarded to the Premier Coach Company to obtain resources to support security measures such as enhanced planning, facility security upgrades, and vehicle and driver protection;
  • $55,000 from the Port Security Grant Program to assist the Vermont Department of Public Safety in securing Lake Champlain as a port of entry;

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 $100 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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