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									                    Commonwealth of Kentucky
          Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Jodi Whitaker
July 18, 2007                                                          502-564-2611

                                                                         Joel Schrader
                                                                         502-564-2081

              KENTUCKY AWARDED UP TO $30.4 MILLION
                  IN HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDS
              Governor Fletcher: Ensuring safety of Kentuckians ‘top priority’

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Kentucky will receive
up to $30.4 million in grants for 2007 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS).

“Our top priority is ensuring the safety of Kentuckians,” Governor Fletcher said. “I am
confident these funds will increase the abilities of our communities, first responders and
families to prepare, protect, respond to and recover from any threat or emergency.”

The funding total includes awards for the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Law
Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), Metropolitan Medical Response
System, Citizen Corps Program, the Emergency Management Performance Grant and the
newly created one time Public Safety Interoperable Communications grant program.

For a second straight year, DHS awarded grants on a competitive basis using formulas that
measured risk and effectiveness.

State and local agencies submitted 207 applications totaling almost $75 million to compete
for the SHSP and LETPP funds. Peer reviewers from law enforcement, fire, emergency
medical services, emergency management, technology and the private sector scored each
application. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) asked reviewers to
evaluate each proposal in terms of how effectively it would enhance Kentucky’s
preparedness capabilities.

Grant applications now go to an executive review committee and then to the state Homeland
Security Working Group for final review. Local and state agencies will be notified of their
funding no later than Sept. 18.
Kentucky’s grant submission to DHS identified the following as top homeland security
priorities: mobile data communications, communications infrastructure, 9-1-1 services,
continued development of the Intelligence and Information Fusion Center, enhancement of
the Kentucky Open Portal Solution, the state commercial vehicle program, citizen
awareness and outreach, and exercise and training programs.

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead
the commonwealth's prevention and preparedness efforts to ensure Kentucky’s communities,
first responders and families are Ready and Prepared. For more information, visit
www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.



 Jodi Whitaker
 Press Secretary
 Governor Ernie Fletcher's Office
 (502) 564-2611, ext. 334
 (502) 229-5566 (cell)

								
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