VA get funds for emer­gency man­age­ment

139 lo­cal­i­ties to re­ceive funds from grant program

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL - Con­trib­uted Re­port

RICH­MOND — Gov­er­nor Terry McAuliffe an­nounced on Fri­day $2.7 mil­lion in new fed­eral Lo­cal Emer­gency Man­age­ment Per­for­mance Grants (LEMPG) to help lo­cal­i­ties plan and re­spond to emer­gen­cies in their ar­eas. The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment (VDEM) will ad­min­is­ter funds, which are from the fis­cal year 2017 Emer­gency Man­age­ment Per­for­mance Grant program. Vir­ginia re­ceives these funds each year from the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

“These im­por­tant grants en­able emer­gency plan­ning and first re­spon­der agen­cies to ac­quire the nec­es­sary tools, equip­ment, and other re­sources they need to pre­pare for nat­u­ral and man-made threats,” said Gov­er­nor McAuliffe. “From se­vere weather to ter­ror­ism, re­spon­ders must be ready for every kind of sce­nario that could threaten the safety of their fel­low Vir­gini­ans. Grants like the LEMPG al­low the Com­mon­wealth to con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal and fed­eral emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing them with the skills and equip­ment they need to en­sure safety for our com­mu­ni­ties.”

“Vir­ginia has no short­age of needs for ad­di­tional projects to ad­vance our pre­pared­ness and re­silience con­cern­ing the myr­iad of threats fac­ing the Com­mon­wealth,” said Sec­re­tary of Pub­lic Safety and Home­land Se­cu­rity Brian Mo­ran. “Work­ing to­gether at the lo­cal, state and fed­eral level to iden­tify all pos­si­ble re­sources to ad­vance these projects has been a hall­mark of the McAuliffe ad­min­is­tra­tion, and we are glad to be able to pro­vide this fund­ing to meet lo­cal­ity needs.”

“This fed­eral emer­gency man­age­ment grant program is an ad­di­tional tool to help lo­cal­i­ties bet­ter pre­pare our cit­i­zens and make Vir­ginia com­mu­ni­ties more re­silient,” said Dr. Jef­frey Stern, Vir­ginia’s state co­or­di­na­tor of emer­gency man­age­ment. “We will con­tinue to ex­plore in­no­va­tive ways to in­vest in the Com­mon­wealth’s abil­ity to pre­pare for, re­spond to and re­cover from an emer­gency or dis­as­ter.”

For ad­di­tional re­sources and in­for­ma­tion about avail­able grant fund­ing pro­grams, visit www.vae­mer­gency.gov.

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