Sen. Coats thanks DHS for $5 million in emergency preparedness grants

Ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) made a statement on Tuesday regarding an announcement that Indiana would receive approximately $5 million in federal preparedness grants.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it would grant Indiana funds towards the development and maintenance of its preparedness program during the 2014 Fiscal Year. Coats said Indiana would utilize the funding to enhance the state's ability to respond to disasters and emergency incidents.

"Indiana will put these grants to good use by preparing our communities to respond to threats and disasters," Coats said. "While we are blessed with the luxury of living in a secure nation, we must maintain our capabilities to respond to incidents and be prepared for disasters."

The amount will be awarded to the state through two grants aimed at the prevention, response and recovery from natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other emergencies to support the National Preparedness System and National Preparedness Goal.

Indianapolis is considered one of the nation's most densely populated urban areas and will receive $1 million for preparedness funding through the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant. An additional $3.98 million will be granted to Indiana and allocated as determined under the State Homeland Security Program.