TRENTON – New Jersey will receive more than $59.2 million in federal homeland security funds, of which $37.2 million will go toward a seven-county area in the state designated as being particularly at risk of a terrorist attack, state Homeland Security Director Charles McKenna said.
That New Jersey region includes Jersey City, Newark, and the seven counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic and Union. It is one of 11 Tier I urban regions considered at a greater risk of a terrorist attack. Additionally, the area was awarded more than $1.2 million under the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, which allows for regional planning for terrorist incidents and other catastrophic events in coordination with New York City.
The money will go toward other programs. They include:
•More than $11.9 million that will be divvied up among the state’s 21 counties.
• $7.9 million to the New Jersey State Police under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program to enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities.
• More than $563,000 to be awarded to Newark and Jersey City under the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Program to enhance regional mass casualty incident response capabilities.
• More than $241,000 awarded under the Citizen Corps Program to better coordinate community involvement in emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery.
• Counties and municipalities will be eligible to compete for funding under the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program to improve emergency management preparedness capabilities at their local emergency operations centers.