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Hawaii to receive $5M in Homeland Security grants

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Hawaii will receive more than $5 million in grants distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced Thursday, May 13.

“This homeland security funding will help protect our infrastructure and prepare us for potential natural or man-made disasters. These funds will supplement our state’s work toward keeping Hawaii secure,” said Akaka, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“Our state and county agencies are facing severe budget shortfalls and it is critical that we provide our first responders with the resources necessary to keep our communities safe,” said Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Hawaii will receive funding from the following grant programs:

* Port Security Grant Program – the State will receive $3,104,508 to protect critical port infrastructure from attacks.

* Driver’s License Security Grant Program – the State will receive $800,677 to improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents that the State issues.

* Transit Security Grant Program – the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services will receive $571,000 to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and other emergencies.

* Buffer Zone Protection Program – the State will receive $400,000 to enhance preparedness capabilities of local law enforcement responsible for the security of communities near critical infrastructure.

* Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program – the State will receive $311,000 to fund planning and training activities to improve communications in response to natural and man-made disasters.

DHS released FY 2010 application guidance and target allocations in December 2009. For additional information, visit www.fema.gov/grants

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