Homeland department funds cities

The Homeland Security Department today unveiled a $100 million grant program for terrorism preparedness and response in big cities.

The funds will be issued through the Urban Area Security Initiative, an existing grant program, and are in addition to a $566 million grant kitty the department announced earlier.

Large cities will be able to use the funds for first responder needs such as equipment, training, planning and exercises, HSD said in a statement.

HSD chose New York for a $24.76 million grant in addition to the $26 million the department earlier granted to the state of New York.

The Washington area is set to receive an $18.08 million grant on top of $4.91 million earlier allocated to the city.

Los Angeles will receive a $12.42 million grant in addition to the $45 million in funding the department allocated earlier to California in the form of funds for first responders, DHS said.

Seattle, Wash., is to receive $11.2 million on top of $11.3 million already allocated to the state of Washington.

Chicago is set to receive $10.89 million on top of $18.8 million already issued to Illinois. The department plans to grant $10.74 million to San Francisco, and $8.63 million to Houston, on top of the $29.5 million it already has sent to Texas.

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