Kentucky Lands Homeland Security Funds

Oct 22, 2013

Kentucky has received nearly $3 million in homeland security grants that will be distributed to agencies across the state.

 The $2.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be divided among 119 projects. Gov. Steve Beshear's office said Monday the money will be used for training, citizen preparedness and equipment for first-responders, communications and infrastructure. 

Some $1.4 million in grants was approved for communications equipment such as alert systems, 911 projects, computers and radios.  Slightly more than $1 million in grants will go for equipment used in bomb detection as well as medical, protective and search-and-rescue items.  

Gene Kiser, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, says local agencies submitted 235 applications totaling $13 million in grant requests.