Governor Pat Quinn today announced that grants totaling $4 million have been awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to help 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparation and response efforts.
Saline County will receive $19,587, Gallatin County $15,680, Hardin County $12,275, Pope County $14,027 and White County $12,315.
“During the floods this spring, local emergency management agencies led heroic efforts to protect the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “These organizations stand ready to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any type of disaster that impacts their communities. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools needed to prepare and respond to those emergencies.”
The Emergency Management Performance Grants are funded through a grant IEMA receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants, which are awarded annually, can be used for day-to-day operations of local emergency management programs.
“Every disaster begins as a local emergency, and that’s why it’s so important to have a sound local emergency management program,” IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said. “Particularly in difficult fiscal times, these grants provide needed support to ensure local emergency management agencies are prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.”
Federal Emergency Management Performance Grant funding totaling more than $6.5 million also enables IEMA to provide dozens of training courses, emergency response exercise support, and emergency planning assistance to emergency management agencies statewide.