FARGO – North Dakota government and law enforcement agencies will receive more than $9.6 million to enhance homeland security efforts here, the state’s congressional delegation announced today.
The money – awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency – will be used for a variety of programs and agencies to prevent terrorist attacks, secure the state’s northern border with Canada and enhance emergency preparedness in local communities, the delegation said.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s receiving the grant funding, according to the delegation:
- $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to address the state’s organizational, equipment, and training needs to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
- $2,880,512 through the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist state, local, and tribal governments in preparing comprehensive emergency preparedness plans.
- $988,500 from the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program will go to Griggs County, specifically, to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities there.
- $526,949 from the Operation Stonegarden program will be split among six North Dakota counties along the state’s northern border with Canada. The money will be used to enhance cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies at all levels of government who work in securing the U.S. border. Specifically, those counties benefiting from this grant include:
______— Bottineau County: $74,091
______— Burke County: $56,929
______— Cavalier County: $57,883
______— Divide County: $60,205
______— Pembina County: $62,514
______— Renville County: $67,145
______— Rolette County: $74,091
______— Towner County: $74,091