RI to get $15M in emergency preparedness funds


Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has announced $15 million in federal funding for homeland security and emergency preparedness programs.

The state’s two senators and two congressmen said Wednesday that the funding will help state and local agencies prepare for and respond to natural disasters or other emergencies, including terrorist attacks.

The grants include $5.1 million in State Homeland Security Program funding, to equip first responders and train them to prevent and respond to emergencies and terror attacks. Rhode Island will also get a $4.4 million in funding through the Port Security Grant Program, which is designed to bolster security at Rhode Island’s ports.

The grants will be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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