Leahy: VT Nets $7m For Homeland Security Emergency Management And Preparedness

Leahy: Vermont Nets More Than $7 Million

For Homeland Security Emergency Management And Preparedness

(WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that Vermont will receive more than $7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help Vermont communities with prevention and preparedness.

Leahy said: “Enhancing our security means supporting not only our border control and law enforcement, but also improving critical infrastructure. First responders in Vermont are on the front lines every day, protecting our communities, securing our borders and ports of entry, and keeping Vermonters safe. As our country’s infrastructure continues to feel the strain of budget constraints, these grants are an investment in Vermont’s safety and security. Prevention and preparedness are vital to this mission.”

Governor Peter Shumlin said: “As we approach the five-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, we’re reminded of how important Homeland Security Grants are to Vermont’s disaster preparedness and security. I thank Senator Leahy for his work in ensuring Vermont’s share of these important investments, helping our state and our communities with the resources needed to promote and protect the health and safety of Vermonters.”

Leahy said Vermont will receive grant awards under several different DHS programs:

$3,734,500 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to implement 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;

$3,029,190 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in Vermont in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards;

$250,498 from Operation Stonegarden to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies along travel routes into Vermont from Canada;

$14,848 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.

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 strengthen domestic preparedness. Over the past 15 years Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $130 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities. Leahy is a leading member of the powerful 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 grant programs.

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