Federal grants allocated to protect local communities, update statewide 911 system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Governor’s Office and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announced Tuesday more than $5 million in federal grants will be allocated across the Commonwealth.
Officials say $2.9 million will purchase equipment to protect communities from threats of terrorism and $2.3 million will fund enhancements of Kentucky’s 911 system statewide.
KOHS will fund 39 projects totaling $2,942,235 under the 2019 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) using U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant funds to city and county governments, fire protection districts and area development districts to purchase first responder, communications and cyber security equipment, and critical infrastructure protection to counter threats of terrorism in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky also earned more than $2.3 million in federal grant funds to help modernize Kentucky’s emergency communication response system.
According to officials Kentucky is one of 34 states to qualify for a portion of a $109 million federal grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The federal grant program will help the nation’s 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) technologies.