Local areas awarded emergency management grants

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Localities across the state are getting a combined $420,000 in emergency management grants.

Gov. Ralph Northam said in a news release Wednesday that the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will administer the funds, which Virginia receives annually from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A total of 47 projects were submitted by 37 localities for the competitive grant process. Twenty-eight were awarded.

The statement says the grants will enable enhancements to the state’s preparedness for all types of disasters. The money will go to five types of categories, such as mass casualty equipment or supplies, or public alert, warning and notification systems.

Five cities or counties in eastern Virginia were awarded money:

HamptonMass Care Equipment and Supplies$30,000
Mathews CountyMass Care Equipment and Supplies$15,000
Newport NewsCBRNE/ HAZMAT Equipment$29,900
PortsmouthPublic Alert, Warning and Notification Systems$6,330
Virginia BeachMass Care Equipment and Supplies$15,000

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