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June 21, 2014

IEMA awards grants

MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency and Mt. Vernon Emergency Management Agency have received more than $35,000 in grant funds for emergency preparedness.

The grants from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are provided to help accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout the state support local disaster preparedness and response efforts. The Jefferson County EMA received $17,379.70 and the Mt. Vernon EMA received $17,896.62.

“Illinois has faced a record number of historic natural disasters in recent years,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “We have learned the value of being prepared, and have seen that quick and thorough disaster response can make a

crucial difference. These grants will strengthen emergency management where it’s needed most — in our local communities.”

IEMA awarded more than $4 million in Emergency Management Performance Grants to 120 cities and counties in the state. The grants are funded through IEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The grants, which are awarded annually, can be used for day-to-day operations of local emergency management programs,” information states.

“Strong local emergency management programs are key components of public safety throughout Illinois,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “These grants support local emergency management agencies to help them be prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.

Other area counties which received funds include Franklin County, with $22,898.46 and Hamilton County with $16,491.90.

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