Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing a $937,700 federal grant to improve the City of Baltimore’s preparedness for disasters and catastrophes. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, aims to expand federal-state collaboration and build local capacity to manage disasters.
“Baltimore – both as a major city in its own right and with its proximity to our nation’s capital – faces unique national security threats. This funding will help ensure that Charm City is better prepared to respond to any catastrophic event,” the Members said. “This year’s funding is focused on making sure cities are ready to provide assistance in the face of disaster, including food, water, shelter and other services critical to business and government functions. We will keep fighting in Congress to ensure Baltimore has the resources it needs to keep its residents safe.”
DHS’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program plays an important role in strengthening the National Preparedness System, helping build core capabilities and making American communities more resilient in the face of disaster. It provides resources to close known capability gaps in Housing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It also encourages innovative regional solutions to prepare for catastrophic incidents and builds on existing regional preparedness efforts.