MD receives $2 million grant to prepare for terrorist threats

Posted at 8:57 AM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 08:57:19-04

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency received nearly $2.1 million to prepare for potential terrorist attacks.

The award was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Recent history has shown that we need to prepare for a wide range of incidents and even violent attacks,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This grant and the associated work will help ensure that Maryland continues to be a leader in consequence management and risk reduction.”

MEMA is one of 29 successful applicants for the award. It is part of the Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack Program, which helps recipients prepare terrorist attacks.

“The safety of Maryland and the protection of our citizens is a top priority,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “These funds will enable our state to incorporate a comprehensive approach to preparing for and responding to the threat of terrorism into our emergency management system.”