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Ohio EMA receives nearly $21 million in federal funds

First responders and nonprofits are among those receiving grant money.
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Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio's Emergency Management Agency has received nearly $21 million in federal funds. (File photo).

COLUMBUS – Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) has announced it has received nearly $21 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that will be used to promote preparedness across Ohio by providing funding to state and local governments, non-profit organizations and first responders.

“Much of homeland security and emergency management are behind-the-scenes types of operations, but they contribute greatly to the safety and security of Ohioans,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “The four grant programs funded here play a critical role by supporting homeland security, emergency management, certain nonprofits and first responders.”

Sima Merick, Ohio EMA Executive Director, said, “These funds will help Ohio prepare for all hazards, including both natural and man-made disasters.

“We will continue to be good stewards of these federal funds and ensure they are put to good use at the local and state level,” Merick said.

Ohio EMA will make disbursements focused in four grants areas:

  • State Homeland Security Grant Program, $6,731,000)
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant, $10,166,130
  • Non-Profit Security Grant Program, $2,366,979
  • Operation Stonegarden, $1,633,974