July 25, 2008 - Markey: Boston Region to Receive $17 million in Homeland Security Funding

Funding level is increase from last year
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, responded today to news that Boston and surrounding communities will receive a boost in homeland security funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and new Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP).
The programs are designed to help urban areas within the United States to help enhance their overall security and preparedness level so that they can prevent, respond and recover from acts of terrorism. Established in 2003, Boston’s UASI Region includes Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Brookline and Winthrop.

"This funding is an indication that the Homeland Security Department recognizes the unique security challenges faced by the Boston area. Not only is the Boston area key to the economic vitality of Massachusetts and the entire New England region, but our busy cargo port is home to the nation's only urban liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation terminal, which presents special security risks and costs," said Rep. Markey.


On June 10, 2008, Rep. Markey coordinated a letter to DHS Secretary Chertoff, which was  signed by all the members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, in strong support of the Boston UASI's application for grant funding. [link to letter] 


Last year, the Boston UASI Region received $14.21 million from the UASI program and this year, the region is receiving $13.78 million from the UASI program, coupled with $3.105 million from the RCPGP program for a total of $16.885 million in funding.


Since June of 2003, the Boston metro area, which is considered a high-threat region, has received $96 million through the DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) in order to further develop its ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events.



July 25, 2008

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