Idaho Getting Less Homeland Security Grant Money - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho Getting Less Homeland Security Grant Money

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - The north-central area field officer for the Idaho Bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the reason the state is receiving less federal grant money to fend off potential threats is because the state is relatively safe.

Deborah L. Ruppe says she believes the drop in grant money is based on incident and population. She says Idaho received about $26 million in 2003, but that has been reduced to about $6.5 million annually.

She told Latah County commissioners on Monday that most of the money is being used to prepare for natural disasters and hazardous material incidents, rather than potential terrorist attacks.

Ruppe says much of the federal money has been spent by counties on equipment to improve emergency response communication between agencies.

 

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