Governor Ralph Northam announced the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate over $7 million in federal grant awards to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. The funds will be administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments.
“Virginia’s emergency management personnel and first responders work tirelessly to protect their fellow Virginians and ensure public safety,” said Governor Northam. “These grants are funding a diverse group of projects in communities across Virginia, further enhancing our resiliency and improving the Commonwealth’s ability to prepare for and respond to all hazards.”
Three Virginia counties sheriff’s offices received Homeland Security grant awards. These offices and their grants are:
Shenandoah County, Sheriff’s Office Court Security Cameras, $34,500
Spotsylvania County, Sheriff’s Office Prevention and Response Patrol Boat, $82,892
Wise County, Equipment Sustainment of Wise County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team, $36,000
The Governor’s full press release may be found here which includes a list of all grants awarded in Virginia.