Fiscal constraints reduced Department of Homeland Security grants by $780 million, but the agency is determined to make less money go a long way. Funds were allocated "based strictly on an assessment of risks and vulnerabilities" to focus the limited funding on the highest risk area.
"In today's tight fiscal environment, we are setting clear priorities and focusing on the areas that face the greatest risk to maximize our limited grant dollars," Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano said in a release on Tuesday. "The FY 2011 homeland security grants are focused on mitigating and responding to the evolving threats we face."
Final allocations for 12 preparedness grant programs total more than $2.1 billion in funds to assist state, territorial, and tribal governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector to enhance “the nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to, recover from, and mitigate terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.”
The latest media announcements come from several areas that were awarded funding to protect the country’s northern borders. WKYC reports northern Ohio counties will receive $657,593 to enhance border security. North Dakota will receive more than $5 million to help the agencies prevent terrorist attacks, secure U.S. borders, and enhance emergency preparedness, the Grand Forks Herald reports.
From the DHS release:
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