Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security Launches New Web site, Announces Grant Opportunities
January 11, 2005
Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security has just launched a new Web site, http://homelandsecurity.ky.gov/. The site is currently being populated with the latest information for citizens and for public safety agencies around the state who may be applying for or receiving federal grants related to homeland security. The new site will continue to be linked off of the state's homepage, www.kentucky.gov.
On January 7, Gov. Fletcher announced that the commonwealth has received over $31 million to be used for homeland security projects throughout Kentucky. “My administration continues to seize the historic opportunity to make Kentucky ready and prepared to respond to the challenges of the post 9/11 world,” stated Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “These grants are actively working to provide law enforcement and first responders with the equipment they need to ensure our communities are safe, secure and ready to respond.”
Kentucky has been awarded more than $31 million for Fiscal Year 2005, which includes approximately $23 million for local jurisdictions and state agencies. The money is being spent in a number of ways, including purchasing equipment for first responders and for training, planning, organization, exercises and equipment.
Technology is also being funded. The state will use its portion of the grant money largely to focus on building technology and communications infrastructure that will eventually allow both state and local agencies to become interoperable. “These projects, when completed, will immediately make our first responders safer,” said the Governor. Additionally, monies will be used to fund equipment for the Kentucky State Police and for the Office of Homeland Security.
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For more information about the grant application process, city and county officials should contact deputy executive director Joel Schrader at 502.564.2081 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.