The state of Mississippi Wednesday was given more than $29 million for homeland security preparedness. Senator Thad Cochran says the funds came from the US Department of Homeland Security.
Cochran says the money will be used to purchase emergency responder equipment, for costs associated with planning, conducting, and evaluating chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive terrorism exercises.
The Department of Public Safety is the state's homeland security agency. Senator Trent Lott says the funds can be used at Mississippi military installations, ports and other defense-related facilities.