Texas Awarded $29.5 Million In Homeland Security Funding

In: All News   Posted 05/08/2003

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is sending $29.5 million to Texas to prepare for a terrorist attack, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Tuesday. The funds are made available through the Office of Domestic Preparedness, and are in addition to the $29.5 million previously made available to Houston through DHS grants for first responders."Now more than ever, threats to our nation’s security, and the preparedness of Texas cities, are among the highest priorities,” Sen. Cornyn said. “The men and women in our cities and towns who face these threats every day – our hometown security – are the most powerful force we have to defend against terrorist attacks.” the funding announced Tuesday was part of $100 million made available through Congressional appropriations for fiscal year 2003. The Urban Area Security Initiative is designed to supplement the ability of large urban areas to prepare for threats of terrorism. "I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for sending this much-needed funding to Houston. It is a concrete step in making the streets of Houston safer and better prepared for the constant threat of a terrorist attack,” Cornyn said. President Bush has requested an additional $2 billion in the FY03 supplemental appropriations that Congress will pass this week to help state and local officials prepare for threats to homeland security. Sen. Cornyn was in Houston on February 19 to meet with first responders and discuss the area’s emergency preparedness. He will return on April 12, and travel to several Texas cities, including Houston, as part of an ongoing effort to learn about and highlight security needs in Texas hometowns. The first responder roundtables provide communities the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to the Senator.