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2006 County and Local Homeland Security Grant Awards Announced
December 22, 2006
AUGUSTA, MAINE – The Maine Emergency Management Agency today announced the award of nearly $2.5 million in 2006 Homeland Security grants to counties and municipalities across the state.
“We had over $9.5 million in grant requests and less than a third of that available in funding,” said Charles Jacobs, Acting 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.”
Federal Homeland Security funds coming into Maine were cut nearly in half for the second straight year. As a result, the criteria for awarding grants was narrowed to focus on interoperable communications, shelter and recovery operations, training and exercise for first responders and public awareness and education. Regional, cooperative approaches to achieving these objectives were also noted in the grant review process.
“We did our best to ensure that the best possible projects were funded across the State,” Jacobs said. “We looked at many innovative projects that were aimed at improving regional capability. In some cases only partial funding could be awarded for a particular project, but it’s a start.”
A multidisciplinary team representing local and state law enforcement, county emergency management, fire service, emergency medical service, hospitals, and communications expertise participated in the screening of the grant applications. “We are confident that we are continuing to significantly improve Maine’s overall preparedness by funding these projects,” Jacobs said. Maine has distributed over $70 million to counties and municipalities since 1999, including the 2006 funding.
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