U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced $16 million in homeland security grants for Louisiana. This funding is awarded under the FY 2012 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act and will go toward protecting critical infrastructure and improving emergency management capabilities. The grants will help state and local authorities and private-sector partners prevent terrorist attacks, fight illegal immigration and trafficking, and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.
"Louisianians have seen firsthand how important comprehensive disaster preparedness is in securing our communities and saving lives," said Sen. Landrieu. "Today's grants ensure that our state has the resources necessary to respond to any potential disaster, whether natural or manmade. It is a priority for me to make sure Louisiana receives its fair share of essential preparedness funding."
The grants announced today include:
* $400,000 allocated under Operation Stonegarden, a national initiative that aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies that protect U.S. borders. Louisiana qualifies for the program because of its international water borders.
* $55,125 to protect nonprofit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack.
* $2.8 million allocated under the State Homeland Security Program to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies. This includes planning, equipment and training for preventing, mitigating and responding to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events such as hurricanes and floods.
* $1.3 million for the New Orleans region through the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which assists high-threat, high-density urban areas in building enhanced and sustainable capacities for preventing, mitigating and responding to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events such as hurricanes and floods.
* $5.5 million to assist the state and local governments with emergency preparedness measures. This is allocated under the Emergency Management Performance Grants Program, which aims to ensure responsibility concerning emergency preparedness is coordinated between the federal, state and local governments. Through this program, the federal government provides necessary direction and guidance to ensure a comprehensive system exists for all hazards.
The three grants below are awarded under the Port Security Grant Program, to enhance transportation infrastructure security activities and improve security plans among port authorities, facility operators and state and local government agencies that provide port security services.
* $848,291 for the city of New Orleans
* $5 million for the Lower Mississippi River Port Wide Strategic Security Council
* $135,000 for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office
In addition, as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Landrieu was successful in blocking House efforts to cut state and local first responder grant funding by another $350 million.