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Aug 23, 2013 3:32 PM

Landrieu announces nearly $15M in homeland security grants

WASHINGTON | U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced $14.8 million in homeland security grants for Louisiana to protect critical infrastructure - including our ports - and improve emergency management capabilities.

The grants will help state and local authorities prevent terrorist attacks, fight illegal immigration and trafficking, and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.??

"Louisianians know all too well how important disaster preparation is in saving lives and property during an emergency. These grants will help ensure that Louisiana communities are prepared for whatever may come our way, whether natural or manmade disasters," Sen. Landrieu said. "This will also enhance our port security, helping to keep commerce flowing smoothly in Louisiana and throughout the country."

The grants announced today include:?
· $5.4 million to assist the state and local governments with emergency preparedness measures. This is allocated under the Emergency Management Performance Grants Program, which aims to ensure responsibility concerning emergency preparedness is coordinated between the federal, state and local governments. Through this program, the federal government provides necessary direction and guidance to ensure a comprehensive system exists for all hazards.??
· $5.8 million for port security to enhance transportation infrastructure security activities and improve security plans among port authorities, facility operators and state and local government agencies that provide port security services.

· $3.5 million allocated under the State Homeland Security Program to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies. This includes planning, equipment and training for preventing, mitigating and responding to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events such as hurricanes and floods.

· $97,000 allocated under Operation Stonegarden, a national initiative that aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies that protect U.S. borders. Louisiana qualifies for the program because of its international water borders.

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