May 05 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $36 MILLION FOR ALABAMA HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Alabama Department of Homeland Security will receive $36,853,000 in federal funding for homeland security preparedness activities. The funds have been awarded by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness and include the following:

$27,972,000 in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds: This program seeks to enhance the capability of state and local agencies to prevent and respond to incidents of terrorism involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive weapons. The awarded funds may be used for purchasing specialized equipment, exercises, and training associated with updating and implementing Alabama’s Homeland Security Strategy.

$8,300,000 in Law Enforcement and Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP) funds: This program provides funding for terrorism prevention efforts by law enforcement communities. Specifically, the funds may be used by law enforcement communities for the following activities: 1) information sharing to preempt terrorist attacks; 2) target hardening to reduce vulnerability of selected high value targets; 3) threat recognition to recognize the potential or development of a threat; 4) intervention activities to interdict terrorists before they can execute a threat; 5) interoperable communications; and 6) management and administration.

$581,000 in Citizen Corps Programs (CCP) funds: These funds may be used by Citizen Corps Councils for the planning, outreach, and management of Citizen Corps programs. The programs help inform and train citizens in emergency preparedness and to coordinate and expand opportunities for citizen volunteers to participate in homeland security efforts.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has dedicated these funds toward improving Alabama’s ability to effectively prevent and respond to incidents of terrorism. I am hopeful that these grants will better prepare Alabama in the event of a terrorist attack.”