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Homeland Security Grants $8.6 Million for Puerto Rico

By on February 20, 2016

SAN JUAN — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is providing over $8.6 million to Puerto Rico under two grant programs intended to help states and territories prevent and respond to natural disasters and other threats to homeland security.

Puerto Rico will receive $4.8 million under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. The purpose of the EMPG program is to help states and territories prepare for the full range of hazardous events, whether they are natural or the result of human activity, and to protect human life and property in the event such a hazard takes place.

Puerto Rico will also receive $3.7 million under the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), which provides funding to states and territories for training and equipment to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism or other significant events.

“These Department of Homeland Security grants increase the capacity of our state and local law enforcement agencies to keep the people of Puerto Rico safe. Grant recipients will be able to use these funds to prevent and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, to combat drug trafficking along our coasts, and to increase the security of our transportation infrastructure,” Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said in a Saturday statement announcing the grants.

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