Homeland Security announces $1.8 billion in grants

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced last week the issuance of $1.8 billion in 2010 Federal Emergency Management Agency grants.

The grants aim to help urban areas, states, tribal governments and non-profit organizations to enhance their ability to deal with emergencies related to potential terrorist attacks, including biological, chemical and nuclear attacks, and other hazards, according to Homeland Security Newswire.

“The grants being announced today will help our partners in state, local and tribal governments and non-profit organizations across the country better prepare for, respond to and recover from all threats and hazards,” Napolitano told Homeland Security Newswire. “This funding pays for training for fire fighters, medics and police officers, supports the purchase of equipment that is essential to our first responders and improves our ability to communicate during disasters.

"These investments have a direct impact on communities across our country as we work together to build, sustain and improve the resilience of our families, businesses and neighborhoods.”

The Homeland Security Grant Program, of which these grants are a part, is the department’s primary mechanism for funding programs on the state and local levels in order to build and sustain the national capacity to prepare for, and respond to, a terrorist attack.