Security Funding Pending

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All Mississippi counties and some cities can soon begin applying for federal Homeland Security grants.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency plans to meet with the municipalities beginning May 1.

MEMA spokeswoman Amy Carruth said the state expects to receive $7.5 million in federal funds. Of that, municipalities can share up to $4.3 million to purchase equipment.

Carruth said counties and cities with a population of more than 10,000 could apply. She said MEMA uses a population-based formula to decide how much grant funding a city or county receives.

The department has awarded $1.9 million to Alabama for emergency management and terrorism preparedness activities.

Gov. Bob Riley said the grant will help state and local authorities become prepared for terrorist attacks.

The federal government now has given Alabama $2.3 million for such funding in the current fiscal year. The amount of the grant was based on population and risk and vulnerability assessments.