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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AWARDS BILLIONS IN GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

03-30-2004

In the coming weeks, the Department of Homeland Security will award $2.2 billion from the State Homeland Security Grant Program and $725 million from the Urban Area Security Initiative to state and local governments to help first responders across the nation better protect their communities.  These funds are part of over $8 billion the Department has allocated or awarded since March 1, 2003 to help our nation's first responders and state and local governments to prevent, respond and recover from potential acts of terrorism and other potential disasters.

"Funding the capabilities of local first responders requires a national strategy of shared responsibility, shared accountability and shared leadership," said Secretary Ridge.  "Successfully delivering these funds to the communities that need them is central to our mission of increasing America's preparedness.  These dollars will purchase equipment and training that will help our first responders save lives by preventing acts of terrorism and responding if one occurs."

In total across the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, this Administration has provided $13.1 billion dollars in direct homeland security grants from FY'02 to FY'04, as compared to only $1.2 billion allocated from FY'99 to FY'01 - more than a 900% increase in the commitment and spending on homeland security.

Secretary Ridge announced the allocation of these FY'04 counterterrorism grants in November 2003.

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