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Hawaii awarded $10M in Homeland Security grants


U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye have announced Hawaii will receive more than $10 million in grants distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2012.

Akaka, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said, “This funding will assist the State in taking the necessary precautions to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. As we continue into hurricane season, we are reminded that a disaster can occur at any time. It is critical that we remain vigilant and ready for whatever comes our way.”

Inouye said, “One of challenges facing an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific is ensuring our island communities are prepared for manmade and natural disasters. These grants will enable our first responders and local governments to obtain equipment, provide training, and fortify critical infrastructure to better protect our residents and visitors. I would like to thank the administration for recognizing Hawaii’s unique challenges and investing in the safety of our island community.”

* Port Security Grant Program – the State will receive $3,891,500 to protect critical port infrastructure from terrorist attacks.

* Emergency Management Performance Grants – the State will receive $3,432,873 to enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

* State Homeland Security Program – the State will receive $2,801,316 to invest in homeland security capabilities, including planning, equipment, training activities.

* Transit Security Grant Program – the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services will receive $175,000 to protect transit infrastructure, including bus, ferry, and rail systems.

DHS released FY 2012 application guidance and target allocations in February 2012.

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