July 26, 2007
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced $7,194,682 for Alaska as part of the final award allocations for all programs included in the FY07 Homeland Security Grant Program. This covers $3,820,000 for Alaska's State Homeland Security Program, $2,730,000 for the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, $128,392 for the Citizen Corps Program and $516,290 for the Metropolitan Medical Response System.
As the State Administering Agency, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) under the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has received applications from all eligible jurisdictions and will work through an interagency review committee to make jurisdiction awards in September.
"Although this is a reduction of more than a million dollars from last year's allocation under this program, we also have an allocation of more than $7 million under a new program to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaster," said Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Alaska was allotted $7,250,345 of the $968 million Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grants, as announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and U.S. Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff.
The PSIC grant is a one-time grant that focuses on assisting public safety agencies in the acquisition, deployment, and training of interoperable communications systems to enhance interoperable communications of voice, data, and/or video signals. This program requires 20 percent matching from State funds.
"Communication is critical
not only in response to disaster events but also during preparedness
training and exercise," said Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant
general for the State of Alaska, commissioner of the DMVA and
commander of the Alaska National Guard. "Funds for our interoperable
communications plans will help us improve our first responder
capabilities and our coordination among local, State and federal
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