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Grants to strengthen emergency preparedness awarded

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Grant funding to strengthen local emergency preparedness capabilities across the state were announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Three grants were awarded to area agencies.

The 80 million combined state and federal grant funds are distributed through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The grant funding includes money for the DHSES Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant, which provides support to local government to enhance vital emergency communications systems. Herkimer County was awarded a $899,000 grant and Lewis County received a $6 million grant.

Competitive grants were also available to law enforcement agencies to develop an explosive detection canine team or sustain and enhance canine detection teams. Madison County Sheriff's Office, partnering with Cortland and Chenango Counties, received a $20,000 grant for that program.

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