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Emergency Management - July 14, 2017

Winston-Salem has been awarded a $1.87 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop, implement and practice a sustainable, regional approach for responding to a coordinated terrorist attack.

The competitive grant for $1,868,050 was among 29 grants totaling $35.9 million to state, regional and local governments under the Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks. Winston-Salem's was the fifth-largest grant overall and the largest awarded to a local government.

Officials will use the grant to address gaps in regional public safety resources for responding to a complex, coordinated terrorist attack. These gaps were identified during a 2014 training session for local officials at FEMA's training facility in Emmitsburg, Md. Once this process is complete, the grant will fund a region-wide series of training exercises to practice the response plan.

The city's grant application received heavy support from Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and from Rep. Virginia Foxx. On the local level, both the Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Commissioners were intimately involved in preparation of the grant application. That effort was led by Council Member Denise D. Adams, who said, "It was important for me to attend the Emmitsburg training in Maryland. Cities and communities must be prepared to protect against and respond to coordinated attacks. This grant will allow us to be prepared, and help us prepare other jurisdictions."

Mayor Allen Joines said, "Ensuring that our citizens are safe and as fully protected as possible during these times of terrorist attacks and other violence is the highest calling of a local government. I am very pleased that Winston-Salem was chosen to receive this grant that will allow us to take our planning to an even higher level."

More details: Emergency Management department | Ready Forsyth

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