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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $11,045,187 in federal funding has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Kentucky to build and sustain national preparedness capabilities throughout the Commonwealth. Through training programs, volunteer efforts, medical response exercises and more, this funding will increase awareness and help to ensure a stronger response effort in case of an emergency.

“Whether it is a natural disaster, like the May floods, or an attempted terrorist attack, like the Christmas Day bomber, every community needs to be prepared and equipped with the resources necessary to appropriately respond,” said Rogers. “This funding is critical toward protecting the Commonwealth and ensuring that all our communities, big or small, are ready at a moment’s notice if a disaster were to strike. The people of Kentucky are safer because of these programs.”

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

• $8,007,374 to allow the Commonwealth to plan, gather the necessary equipment, train first responders and implement training exercises to keep citizens of Kentucky safe in case of a disaster
• $2,205,723 to the City of Louisville to build up security capabilities and protect this highly populated area
• $197,252 for the Commonwealth to bring government leaders together to coordinate the involvement of community members and organizations in emergency preparedness, planning, response, and recovery from a disaster.
• $634,838 to help the Commonwealth integrate emergency management, health, and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents. This will help reduce the consequences of such incidents by augmenting existing local operational response systems.

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.