WASHINGTON, DC.-U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $11.85 million in federal funding is going to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to increase preparedness and response measures across the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants boost a variety of capabilities in public safety and health agencies at the state and local level.
"Homeland security is a marathon, not a sprint," said Rogers. "As we're seeing yet again with the recent foiled bomb plot in the United Kingdom, and Al Qaeda trying to reconstitute itself, the nation must be prepared to thwart terrorists for a long time to come."
Grants will be provided through a variety of Department of Homeland Security formula grant programs, including: the State Homeland Security Grant Program, $6.5 million; the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, $4.6 million; the Metropolitan Medical Response System, $515,000; and Citizens Corps, $230,000.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security administers these federal funds. This office, in turn, uses some funds to boost state capabilities and distributes the majority to local jurisdictions. Under provisions Rogers authored in 2003, 80% of the money in the major grant programs are required to go to local jurisdictions to give first responders the right equipment and training.
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding to increase the nation's preparedness and for important homeland security initiatives in Kentucky.