TRENTON –New Jersey has been awarded more than $59.2 million in federal homeland security dollars for federal fiscal year 2011, state officials announced today.
The state’s seven-county Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) received more than $37.2 million in funding for 2011, which is the same amount it was awarded in 2010. The New Jersey UASI, which includes Jersey City, Newark, and the seven counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Union is one of 11 urban regions considered at a greater risk of a terrorist attack.
Additionally, the UASI area was awarded more than $1.2 million under the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, which allows for regional planning for terrorist incidents and other catastrophic events in coordination with New York City’s UASI.
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Charles B. McKenna said that New Jersey’s funding under the State Homeland Security Program, which consists of grant funds dedicated for use throughout the state’s 21 counties, was cut in half compared to last year. This year, the state was awarded more than $11.9 million.
“While I would have liked to see the SHSP awards higher; I am pleased to see the commitment to the UASI area, given the area’s close proximity to New York, high population density and significant number of critical infrastructure sites,” McKenna said. “While we will award and administer these funds accordingly; we will work with DHS to maximize funding to New Jersey for next year’s funding cycle.”
As part of their announcement, DHS also published the state’s funding awards as follows:
• $7.9 million to be awarded to the New Jersey State Police under the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities.
• More than $563,000 to be awarded to Newark and Jersey City under the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program to enhance regional mass casualty incident response capabilities.
• More than $241,000 awarded under the Citizen Corps Program to better coordinate community involvement in emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery.
• Counties and municipalities will be eligible to compete for funding under the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program to improve emergency management preparedness capabilities at their local emergency operations centers.
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