Virginia Announces $11.5 million in FY22 Federal Funds for the Homeland Security Grant Program.On behalf of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) coordinates an annual stakeholder-driven review process to allocate more than $11.5 million through various federal grant programs to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds will be administered by VDEM to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments and entities.
VDEM received 121 grant requests totaling nearly $11.8 million for the competitive portion of these federal funds. Forty-seven projects were awarded a total of $3.2 million, from competitive SHSP funds.
Pulaski County was awarded two grant amounts totaling $32,200. The grant dollars will go toward supplying the Sheriff’s Department with night vision goggles to enhance their ability to perform search and rescue and identify possible criminal activity in low light and dark conditions. The other portion will be used by the Emergency Management office to provide a generator and lighting towers to enable first responders to operate at night.
Pulaski County Emergency Management is grateful to FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for their assistance in continuing to provide funding to enhance and improve our ability to respond to emergencies and protect the resident of Pulaski County.