Hawaii to get $7.6M in federal funds

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will award $7.6 million in federal funding to Hawaii to prevent and respond to natural disasters, terrorism, and other emergencies, as well as increase security at Hilo Harbor.

“Unfortunately, this past week the nation has seen how devastating natural disasters can be,” Schatz said. “This funding will help Hawaii take all possible measures to thwart potential emergencies, while ensuring that we are prepared to respond if and when disaster does strike.”

Hawaii will receive $3.5 million through the DHS Emergency Management Performance Grant Program, which assists state, local, tribal and territorial governments in preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies.

Hawaii will also receive $3.8 million through the DHS State Homeland Security Program, which helps fund the state’s homeland security strategy and allows emergency planners to organize, train, equip and conduct exercises to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

The state Department of Defense will receive $337,550 through the DHS Port Security Grant Program to increase security at Hilo Harbor.

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