DHS awards $4.7 million to Nevada

The Nevada Department of Public Safety announced on Thursday that its Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security was awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 2014.

Through the State Homeland Security Program, the state of Nevada received $3.7 million in grant funds dedicated for use throughout the state's 17 counties. The amount was a seven percent increase over the allocation in 2013.

The state received $1 million to be designated in the Las Vegas area through the Urban Area Security Initiative, representing a 100 percent increase over 2013. The UASI allocates funding to cities throughout the nation according to a risk-based ranking. Las Vegas ranked 29th for fiscal year 2014.

"It is critically important that we provide the safest environment possible for the millions of people who live, work, and play in our great state," Brian Sandoval, the governor of Nevada, said. "As a premier tourist destination, Nevada receives visitors from across the country and around the world every year, generating billions of dollars in economic activity. These funds are critical to our health and safety and our economic security."

Sandoval thanked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and the DHS for their responsiveness to Nevada's security concerns. He also thanked local and state agencies for their hard work to bring the funds to the state of Nevada.

As part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014, the fiscal year 2014 grant guidance focuses on securing the highest risk areas in the U.S. The UASI will fund 39 high-threat, high-density urban areas, which increases the number of UASI-funded areas from fiscal year 2013.

DHS grant programs seek to enhance the ability of authorities to prevent, prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters.