---- — MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Emergency Management and Mt. Vernon Emergency Management have each received Illinois Emergency Management Agency grants.
According to information from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office, grants totaling $4 million were awarded to help 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies across the state to support local disaster preparation and response efforts.
“During the floods this spring, local emergency management agencies led heroic efforts to protect the people of Illinois,” Quinn stated. “These organizations stand ready to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any type of disaster that impacts their communities. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools needed to prepare and respond to those emergencies.”
The grants, called Emergency Management Performance Grants, are funded through a grant IEMA receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants, which are awarded annually, can be used for day-to-day operations of local emergency management programs.
“Every disaster begins as a local emergency, and that’s why it’s so important to have a sound local emergency management program,” IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said. “Particularly in difficult fiscal times, these grants provided needed support to ensure local emergency management agencies are prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.”
Jefferson County received $15,458.34; and the City of Mt. Vernon received $17,639.31.
Other area agencies receiving grants included Franklin County, with an award of $22,550.03; Hamilton County, which received $11,338.83; Marion County, which received $15,490; the city of Salem, which received $9,196.04; the City of Centralia, which received $3,886.99; Wayne County, which received $12,406; Washington County, which received #17,525.86; and White County, which received $12,315.60.