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DHS Awards RIEMA Over 12 Million Dollars in Homeland Security Grants For RI


The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is pleased to announce the award of over 12 million dollars to the State and the Providence Urban area from the Department of Homeland Security. Also included in the grant awards were several non-profit groups in the RI area. The grant awards are used to enhance the ability of state, territory, local and tribal governments to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters. These grant awards provide for programs to enhance programs and implement objectives addressed in a series of post 9/11 laws, strategy documents, plans and Homeland Security Presidential Directives.

Exec. Director J. David Smith stated “that the announcement today by the Department of Homeland Security represents and validates the efforts of RIEMA staff and our partners across the state. Working together, the team identified projects and opportunities to sustain special response teams, advance technologies, and prepare for all-hazard response. The breakdown of grant awards is as follows: State Homeland Security Program: $6,524,500.00 Providence Urban Areas Security Initiative: $4,764,300.00 Metropolitan Medical Response System: $321,221.00 Citizens Corp Program: $139,520 Nonprofit Security Grant Program: $366,759.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, and local resources to protect the public during disasters and emergencies. RIEMA helps develop plans for effective response to all hazards, trains emergency personnel, provides information to families and communities, and assists in recovery from disaster losses. You can learn more about RIEMA by visiting the RIEMA homepage at

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