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2005 County and Local Homeland Security Grant Awards Announced

 

December 9, 2005

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE – The Maine Emergency Management Agency today announced over $9.3 million in 2005 Homeland Security grant awards to counties and municipalities across the state.

“We had over $29 million in grant requests and less than a third of that available in funding,” said Art Cleaves, MEMA Director. “We had to measure each request against the State’s overall strategy for homeland security and emergency management, and make funding decisions accordingly. I commend the thoughtful work by our counties, cities and towns in putting together their requests. The decision process was not easy.”

Maine’s strategy for improving homeland security capability includes such factors as improving interoperable communications, improving security at critical structures including schools, and improving all-hazard preparedness by training and equipping first responders. Regional, cooperative approaches to achieving these objectives were also noted in the grant review process.
“Over 45% of the available grant funds have been awarded to Maine’s largest metropolitan areas,” Cleaves said. “That is in keeping with the thought that these areas are the most vulnerable to a security emergency. However, innovative and necessary projects in other parts of the state that were aimed at correcting a regional deficiency, particularly in communications or hazardous materials response, were also funded.”

A multidisciplinary team representing local and state law enforcement, county emergency management, fire service, emergency medical service, hospitals, hazardous materials response and communications expertise participated in the screening of the grant applications. “We are confident we are significantly contributing to Maine’s overall preparedness by funding these projects,” Cleaves said. Maine has distributed over $62 million to counties and municipalities since 1999, including the 2005 funding.
The full list of grant recipients, by county, is available online.

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