Boston receives $18 million in homeland security funding

Boston and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR) received $18 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Area Security Initiative grant program, Mayor Martin Walsh said Thursday.

"I am proud of our city's strong relationship with the Department of Homeland Security," Walsh said. "I'm grateful for Secretary (Jeh) Johnson's continued support of our city, as well as for the support of our delegation - particularly Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and (Edward) Markey (D-MA), and Congressmen (Stephen) Lynch (D-MA) and (Michael) Capuano (D-MA) – during this process. The city of Boston is a strong community and this funding is critical to ensuring long term resiliency.”

The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for maintaining a safe and efficient city emergency response plan. OEM operates the city’s Emergency Operation Center during emergencies and coordinates all emergency service agencies . In addition, OEM oversees Homeland Security funding for the MBHSR, with past appropriations having supported communication initiatives.

“Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and this funding allows us to enhance the capabilities of our first responders, ensuring they are ready for any potential emergency or disaster." OEM Director Rene Fielding said. "The program will also support our efforts to work with Boston’s many communities in preparing for emergencies.”

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