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State gets Homeland Security money

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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:08 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 5:08 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: homeland security, terrorism

BATON ROUGE - The state is set to receive millions in grant money just in time for hurricane season.

The money is part of an annual Homeland Security fund from the federal government. This year Louisiana is in line to receive about $3 million more than last year, for a total of $11.6 million.

"(It's) very important to state and local (governments)... ability to respond to any disaster," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis, regarding the funds.

The federal funds are distributed to states in regard to their need, and the state governments divvy it up on a parish-by-parish basis.

"We need to make sure we're protected and ready for any type of disaster," Davis said. "Doesn't have to be terror-related, could be man-made issues locally."

The money will help prevent, mediate, or respond to emergency situations. Baton Rouge Police have been able to purchase several large vehicles with their share of the Homeland Security funds that help first responders with tactical operations or search and rescue.

The funds should be in place by this fall.

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