MS awarded $10.5 million in emergency preparedness, homeland security grants

MS awarded $10.5 million in emergency preparedness, homeland security grants

WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - FEMA grants totaling more than $10.5 million will help keep Mississippi first responders prepared for catastrophic events and strengthen border security in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

Sen. Thad Cochran announced the state and local preparedness grants, which include more than $2 million for security measures at four ports, Wednesday. The Port of Pascagoula will receive $1 million of this federal funding.

"The Senate Appropriations Committee understands the importance of state and local first responders to homeland security.  I am pleased that Mississippi organizations successfully competed for available funding to improve local and state emergency preparedness and public safety," Cochran said.

$180,000 from the competitive Operation Stonegarden Grant will go toward strengthening border security in the three coastal counties. Jackson County will receive $100,000 of the funding while Hancock and Harrison will both receive $40,000.

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