Durbin Announces $90.9 Million in FEMA Funding for Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $90,983,282 in preparedness grants to Illinois. Today’s funding is part of a nationwide announcement of $1.8 billion in grants designed to help states, urban areas, tribal governments and non-profit agencies improve their readiness by enhancing protection, prevention, response and recovery capabilities for all disasters. Illinois will receive the following funding:


• Chicago, Illinois: $321, 221 in funding for Metropolitan Medical Response System which will improve regional mass casualty incident preparedness and response capabilities;


• Chicago, Illinois: $52,320,650 in funding for Urban Areas Security Initiative which will enhance urban preparedness capabilities in the Chicago area, one of sixty-two high-threat, high-density areas;


• State of Illinois: $33,799,000 in funding for the State Homeland Security Program which will build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels through planning, equipment, and readiness activities;


• State of Illinois: $476,536 in funding for the Citizens Corps Program which will bring community and government leaders together to engage citizens in community preparedness, response and recovery activities;


• Chicago, Illinois: $3,617,000 in funding for the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program which will enhance catastrophic incident preparedness in selected high-risk urban areas, including the Chicago area. The grant program also supports the coordination of regional planning for catastrophic events;


• Chicago, Illinois: $448,875 in funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program which will support target-hardening activities at non-profit organizations in the Chicago area at high risk of a terrorist attack.