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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $4,323,786 in federal funding has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Kentucky to increase security and surveillance, reduce threats, improve communications, and harden facilities across the Commonwealth.

“From the recent May flooding and severe storms to the attempted bombing in Times Square, federal funding is critical to ensuring that all our communities, big and small, have access to critical resources to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters,” said Rogers. “I applaud DHS for their continued support of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and providing important funding that will allow our emergency personnel to have the training and tools necessary to help make our communities safer.”

Today, DHS will make the following awards to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security or other identified local entities through a variety of grant programs including:

• $800,677 to prevent terrorism by reducing fraud and improving the reliability and accuracy of driver’s licenses
• $543,500 to provide planning, training and exercise funding for state and local governments to improve interoperability communications, including communications in response to natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters
• $330,072 to protect transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies
• $700,000 to increase the preparedness of those responsible for the safety and security of communities near critical infrastructure and resources such as chemical facilities, financial institutions, nuclear and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, and other high risk facilities
• $1,102,578 to protect ports from threats of terrorism as well as increase maritime awareness on how to protect, detect, respond and recover from a disaster impacting the ports
• $800,000 to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, secure and sustainable emergency operation centers
• $47,031 to create a sustainable program for the protection of intercity bus systems and to protect the traveling public

Rogers is the lead Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security. The Subcommittee is charged with allocating resources toward these important grant programs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awards grants to states, urban areas and transportation authorities under 14 programs to bolster national preparedness capabilities and protect critical infrastructure. As a senior member of the Committee, Rogers works to secure funding to increase the nation’s preparedness and for important homeland security initiatives in Kentucky.