WASHINGTON, D.C.- — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the state of Louisiana will receive more than $5.93 million in disaster preparedness grants. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants were awarded to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
“These grants are a vital investment in our national homeland security and in the safety of the people of Louisiana during storms,” Sen. Landrieu said. “It is essential that we properly invest in our Homeland Security operations. Comprehensive preparedness increases the effectiveness of our response and minimizes the recovery costs when unavoidable storms and emergencies do occur.”
The grants announced today include:
• $1,851,649 to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to strengthen two critical facilities, the Main Building and Cold Storage Warehouse, at the LDAF complex in Baton Rouge and reinforce them against natural disasters.
• $1,869,334 to the State of Louisiana for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to fund the program’s personnel and operating costs during FY2010 accrued due to Hurricane Katrina.
• $2,216,532 to the State of Louisiana for the GOHSEP to fund the program’s personnel and operating costs during the third and fourth quarters in FY2011 accrued due to Hurricane Katrina.