The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) today announced nine million in Homeland Security grant awards to cities and counties throughout the state.

“We are pleased to help New Mexico’s communities enhance their law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies as they continue to protect the state and its citizens “said Cabinet Secretary John W. Wheeler.

Grant funds are used to assist local governments in planning, training and disaster exercises for natural disasters or acts of terrorism.

The State Homeland Security Grant Program totals $9,397,399.96 for FY2010,including funding for other programs such as Citizen Corps and Operation StoneGarden for law enforcement in counties on the New Mexico-Mexico border.

DHSEM serves as the conduit for this grant program, which is received from the US Department of Homeland Security.Counties that will receive funding are Chaves, Curry, Guadalupe, Lea, Lincoln, Quay, Roosevelt, Colfax, San Miguel, Union, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, Sandoval, Socorro, Torrance, Valencia, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Taos and Sierra.

Municipalities receiving grant money include Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Nambe Pueblo was also approved for grant money.

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management was signed into law in 2007 to enhance New Mexico’s ability to coordinate the state’s efforts for the prevention, preparedness, and response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters.

The DHSEM also serves as the bridge between the State and Federal government and the cities and counties of New Mexico for homeland security and emergency management activities.

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