TEEX helps distribute homeland security funds

7/3/2003 12:00 AM

TEEX will be distributing $84.2 million in homeland security funds to over 700 local governments in Texas. The money will be used to purchase decontamination equipment, hazmat suits and other equipment that will help support each regional government’s response plan.

To qualify for a part of the equipment grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness, local governments submitted a domestic preparedness assessment to TEEX and regional councils of government. The applicants were required to conduct local risk assessments, devise evacuation routes and prepare response plans and mutual aid agreements.

The information was used to determine how much money each jurisdiction should receive, depending on their vulnerability to attack and how equipment purchases could improve response time. The grant is coordinated by TEEX through the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.

“Local governments receiving these grants represent more than 90 percent of the population of Texas,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “Our communities have done an excellent job working together to develop comprehensive plans to protect both rural and metropolitan areas.”

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