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Counties awarded emergency preparedness grants

With the fall hurricane season in full swing, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management recently announced an award of $2.7 million in grant-funding for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

Gloucester County was awarded $13,644 and Mathews County was awarded $7,500, which will be used to fund planning, operations, equipment acquisitions, training, exercises, construction and renovation efforts at the local government level.

“Delivering core capabilities requires the combined efforts of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government,” said state coordinator Jeff Stern. “The grant program supports efforts across the commonwealth to build and sustain core capabilities across key mission areas including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Federal grant funding is essential in supporting local emergency management programs.”

The EMPG program is a federally funded, ...

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