May 19 2008

Shelby Announces $4.8 Million for Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $4,828,026 to the State of Alabama for maintenance of its emergency management and planning capabilities.  The funding is provided through the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG).

“During this time of heightened threats to the U.S. homeland, it is critical that communities have plans in place to ensure the safety of our citizens during an emergency,” said Shelby.  “This funding will assist the State of Alabama in developing, improving and maintaining state and local management capabilities, which are vital components of a comprehensive national emergency management system.”

The EMPG program is administered through the Department of Homeland Security’s Preparedness Directorate Office of Grants and Training and in close working relationship with the National Emergency Management Association and the emergency management community.  EMPG supports all-hazards planning, conducting training and exercises, and most importantly, emergency management personnel at the state and local level.