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Maryland secures emergency planning grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the award of nearly $2 billion in grants Friday to help states protect against terrorism and prepare for natural disasters like the devastating storms in Texas.

Maryland received $21 million in grants, about 1.3 percent of the total $1.62 billion announced Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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The total is nearly 12 percent less than what the state received last year, according to data reviewed by The Baltimore Sun.

The money will be used to secure transportation infrastructure such as ports, trains and buses and to assist with developing plans to "recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons," according to a statement from the federal agencies.

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In addition to protecting public spaces, grants were awarded to protect nonprofits "that are at high risk of terrorist attack."

Here is how the grants break down in Maryland:

  • $6.4 million: Emergency Management Performance Grant Program
  • $6.1 million: Homeland security
  • $4.2 million: Urban area security, Baltimore area.
  • $1.8 million: Transit security, Maryland Transit Administration
  • $1.5 million: Port security, including Baltimore Police Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
  • $617,573: Nonprofit security, Baltimore area.
  • $210,591: Intercity bus security
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