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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce 2019 Preparedness Funding for Maryland

August 10th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) hailed the recent award of more than $23.8 million in fiscal year 2019 federal preparedness grants for Maryland. Preparedness grants are allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as non-government entities. Rather than reacting to a specific disaster, they support citizens and first responders in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating all hazards.


“The safety of all families and everyone in our communities is a basic responsibility of the federal government,” said Senator Cardin. “These federal funds will equip Maryland with the tools to address many different types of threats. Each of the grantees must work together effectively to improve protections for all of our communities.”


“Our communities are best served by being prepared for disasters, not just reacting to them – and the federal government plays a critical role in making sure that states are well-positioned to handle any crisis. This investment will allow Maryland to do just that, and I will keep fighting to ensure our state has the resources it needs to protect our families,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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