The State of Michigan is getting $36.1 million in federal homeland security money to bolster the state’s protection, prevention and response to emergencies.

The grants include $19.3 million for the State Homeland Security Program, $13.5 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative, and $1.4 million to support and enhance border enforcement efforts on land and water shared with Canada.

“These grants will further enable Michigan’s emergency responders to protect citizens against threats to our homeland by enhancing security of our borders, critical infrastructures and nonprofit organizations,” said Col. Eddie L. Washington, Jr., director of the Michigan State Police and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, in a statement.

Michigan State Police officials say more than 80 percent of the grants will be allocated to local and tribal governments.

© MMX WWJ Radio, All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to his report.


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