“Even with 9/11 more than a decade behind us, it is critical for our Commonwealth emergency responders to remain vigilant and well-equipped with the necessary resources to appropriately respond in the face of a manmade or natural catastrophe,” stated Rogers. “This funding will go a long way toward protecting the Commonwealth and ensuring that all our communities, big or small, are ready at a moment’s notice if disaster were to strike. These programs provide our communities with the necessary coordination, direction and guidance during times of emergency that contribute to making Kentucky a safer place.”
Among the federal grants, DHS will award Kentucky with $2,801,316 in the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) to supply the Commonwealth with the proper equipment, training, and exercise to prevent, protect, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. The remaining $5,364,075 will be awarded through an Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), which builds state and local emergency management capabilities as well as ensures a high level of national preparedness among our first responders. This is a 3% increase in Kentucky’s EMPG funding from last year’s budget. Nationwide, DHS will release $339,500,000 in EMPG’s and $294,000,000 in SHSP’s to help improve nationwide preparedness and response in 2012.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit www.halrogers.house.gov.