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Oklahoma Receives $13.2 Million for Homeland Security Initiatives within the State
Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) today announced the state of Oklahoma will receive approximately $13.2 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue funding statewide homeland security projects. This represents a 7.2% cut from fiscal year 2007 and a 32.4% cut from fiscal year 2006.
Oklahoma and other states in the heartland continue to receive cuts in DHS grant funding. This remains a concern for OKOHS because DHS does not consider domestic terrorism or agriculture resources when calculating the risk formula.
“While we are grateful to receive additional grant dollars to continue our prevention and preparedness efforts,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director, “I can’t help but be disappointed in yet another significant funding cut. Since 2006, the grant dollars received by the state of Oklahoma have been cut drastically, while our threat of terrorism remains the same.”
Federal homeland security funding is awarded to states and territories based on a DHS formula that calculates risk and threat, in addition to effectiveness which is scored during a competitive grant process. OKOHS will continue to make the case for an expansion of the factors considered as part of the DHS risk criteria.
“September 11th is still fresh and there is no denying the threat international terrorism poses to our country. But the fact remains, 168 Oklahoman’s lost their lives because of a domestic terrorist. An American. It is inappropriate, offensive and dangerous not to consider the possibility and reality of domestic terrorism.”
OKOHS requested more than $41 million in FY08 based upon the projects and funding needs outlined in the State Preparedness Report (SPR). This report was provided to DHS as required by the grant guidance and was the basis of the state’s application. When preparing the SPR, OKOHS considered all risks which could affect the state including domestic terrorism and natural disasters. A copy of the SPR can be found on the OKOHS Web site at www.homelandsecurity.ok.gov.
• State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) $ 7,690,000
The UASI, MMRS and CCP funding are pass-through grants for specific programs. The SHSP funding is the core grant program providing funds for the state to build capabilities at the state and local level and to implement goals and initiatives outlined in the State Preparedness Report.
Oklahoma’s most significant funding decrease over the past three years has been in connection with the SHSP grant program (which now includes the former Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program):
• FY 2008 $ 7,690,000
Since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began awarding grant funds to states and territories, the State of Oklahoma has received nearly $171 million in homeland security grant funding.
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