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State getting $6.5M to gird for disasters


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POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2009

The state will receive more than $6.5 million to strengthen preparedness for natural disasters and other emergencies under a federal grant announced Wednesday.

The grants from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, include $5 million to the State Civil Defense Division for protection of port infrastructure and $22,500 to Island Petroleum for port security on Maui and Molokai.

The allocations announced by FEMA also include:

» $250,000 to state Civil Defense to support emergency operations centers.

» $833,717 to improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the state.

» $200,000 to secure critical infrastructure projects such as chemical facilities, power plants and dams.

» $282,595 for training and equipment to improve interagency communications during natural disasters and other emergency events.