Posted on June 4, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has been awarded $29 million through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant is to aid in first responder preparedness and to offset costs of increased security during periods of heightened threat. "Ensuring the safety of our communities must be our top priority, and I applaud the federal government's efforts to prepare our first responders," said Frist. "This funding will go a long way toward protecting Tennessee families from potential threats." "Our first responders are heroes," Alexander said. "This grant will assist them in preparing for the most dangerous situations and will pay for the rising costs of enhanced security in Tennessee, especially at critical infrastructure sites. Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in emergency preparedness in Tennessee." The grant is part of the 2003 State Homeland Security Grant Program under the Office of Domestic Preparedness.