WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $937,700 in federal funding for catastrophic preparedness for the City of Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, is designed to expand collaboration and build capacity when dealing with disasters.
“Baltimore – both as a major city in its own right and with its proximity to our nation’s capital – faces unique national security threats. This funding will help ensure that Charm City is better prepared to respond to any catastrophic event,” the Members said. “This year’s funding is focused on making sure cities are ready to provide assistance in the face of disaster, including food, water, shelter, and other services critical to business and government functions. We will keep fighting in Congress to ensure Baltimore has the resources it needs to keep its residents safe.”
DHS’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System, supporting the building of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. It provides resources to close known capability gaps in Housing and Logistics and Supply Chain Management, encouraging innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and building on existing regional efforts.