Vermont to get $6.7 million in Homeland Security grants

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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said on Tuesday that Vermont will receive approximately $6.7 million in grant funding to enhance its prevention, preparedness and response programs to ensure the state's ready for any terror attacks or other disasters.

This funding comes from two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs. The first is from the State Homeland Security Grant Program. Approximately $3.7 million will be awarded to support implementation of measures and policies to improve areas relating to planning, equipment, training, organization and other areas to improve the emergency response and recovery activity of emergency personnel.

The second portion comes from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program. Approximately $3 million will go toward statewide emergency-preparedness operations in case of an attack or other disaster.

“Vermonters understand that it is crucial to be prepared," Leahy said. "We saw how devastating Tropical Storm Irene was for our rural communities, and we remember how the Vermont Air National Guard was 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.”

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