St. Lawrence County getting $230,000 toward terrorism response and emergency preparedness
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 6:01 am

St. Lawrence County is getting $230,000 to pay for terrorism response and emergency preparedness.

Of that, $184,946 is coming from the State Homeland Security Program.

“DHSES awards SHSP funding to every county in the state, along with New York City. The State Homeland Security Program will provide more than $52 million in funding to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic disasters. Federal guidelines require that 25 percent of each county's total award be directed toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities,” according to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The remaining $46,659 comes from the Emergency Management Performance Grant.

“The purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal funds to states to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards. These critical funds support salaries for Emergency Management professionals at the state and local level; support training and exercises to develop and test the ability of state and local governments to respond to disasters and other emergencies; and provide essential technology to manage emergency response. DHSES will provide $7.5 million to all counties and New York City via a population based formula. There is a 50 percent match associated with the EMGP,” Cuomo’s office said.

"These important federal grants will help communities across the North Country better prepare in the event of a disaster or emergency. As Americans across the country have seen recently, it's important that we are prepared to tackle the challenges posed by natural disasters and even acts of terrorism. I thank FEMA for prioritizing these grants and I will continue to work in Congress on initiatives to help families prepare and recover from disaster,” North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik said in a prepared statement from Cuomo’s office.