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FEMA awards funds to City of Houston to prepare for terror attacks

Galveston county also awarded funds

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HOUSTON – The City of Houston is among dozens of cities, counties and agencies in the U.S. awarded federal funds to use in case of terror attacks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced funding awards for the Fiscal Year 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks.

The program will provide a total of $35.94 million to help recipients better prepare for, prevent and respond to attacks in collaboration with the whole community.

The City of Houston will receive $1,759,733 in funds. Galveston County will get $976,896.

Other Texas cities and agencies awarded funds are the Texas Department of Public Safety ($659,556), the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission ($1,076,336) and the City of Dallas ($925,000).

Awards were made on a competitive basis to applicants who presented an ability to successfully meet the following requirements:

  • A need for funding support
  • Effective, sustainable and regional approaches
  • The proposed project's impact that presents an increase in the jurisdiction's preparedness and resilience to complex coordinated terrorist attacks once the project is implemented
  • A reasonable and cost-effective budget

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