San Antonio getting $1M to improve city’s terrorism, disaster preparedness

June 7, 2017 GMT

San Antonio is receiving $1 million from the federal government to bolster its terrorism and disaster preparedness.

Congressman Henry Cuellar and Mayor Ivy Taylor announced Tuesday that the city is receiving the funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The only other Texas cities receiving funds are Houston and Dallas.

The funds will be managed by the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management and disbursed between the city’s police and fire departments.

“The Urban Areas Security Initiative has a proven track record for providing first responders the support, training and tools needed to respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters,” Cuellar said in the release.

City officials said exactly how much each agency is to receive and in what order has not yet been determined.

The funds, which come from the Urban Area Security Initiative, go to urban areas that are deemed to be at high risk for acts of terrorism. The last time that San Antonio received funds from the initiative was in 2014.


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