Educational grants from DHS
| 01.17.2006 | 10:56:06 | Views: 3415 | ID:
January 17 '06: Department of Homeland Security funding and grants to help protect and prepare communities for national and natural disasters are also needed by educational institutions to help research, preparedness and coordination with federal, state and local resources. Bangor Daily News in Maine reported last week that some school districts in the state have been given DHS grants - money that will be used in surveillance and preparedness according to the guidelines in the grant reward.
Piscataquis County Superintendent Paul Stearns worked with other superintendents from the county to work on a block grant which totaled $46,000. Tom Iverson, the county emergency management agency director told the Bangor Daily News, "This is a county grant where all the superintendents got together and worked as a team."Larger state universities also get funding from the federal government. The Rocky Mountain News reported the University of Colorado receiving a grant of $4.6 million to "help educate first-responders, educators, the space industry and others about homeland security." The announcement was made by US Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) at a press conference at the Network Information and Space Security Center at the University's Colorado Springs campus. Also, DHS established the Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program which began in 2003 and was designed to "study ways to prevent terrorist attacks within the US, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur." The program, according to Nils Hasselmo, the president of the Association of American Universities, "will encourage thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to enter fields of study in which they can use their intellectual talents to strengthen our nation's security."
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