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July 10, 2012

IEMA Awards $4 Million in Grants to Support Local Emergency Management Agencies
Grants will help 120 cities, counties prepare for emergencies

SPRINGFIELD – Grants totaling $4 million awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will help 120 city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparedness and response efforts.

“When a natural disaster strikes, communities across Illinois must be prepared to respond immediately," Governor Pat Quinn said. "We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure communities have the tools they need to be ready to respond to natural disasters as soon as possible.”

The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) are funded through a grant IEMA receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The grants, which are awarded annually, can be used for day-to-day operations of local emergency management programs. 

“Every disaster begins as a local emergency, and that’s why it’s so important to have a sound local emergency management program,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “Particularly in difficult fiscal times, these grants provide needed support to ensure local emergency management agencies are prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.”

Federal EMPG funding totaling more than $6.8 million also enables IEMA to provide dozens of training courses, emergency response exercise support and emergency planning assistance to emergency management agencies statewide.

County and municipal emergency management agencies receiving the grants include:

Adams County
Alexander County
Bond County
Boone County
Brown County
Bureau County
Calhoun County
Carroll County
Cass County
Champaign County
Christian County
Clark County
Clay County
Clinton County
Coles County
Cook County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
De Kalb County
Des Plaines
De Witt County
Douglas County
Du Page County
Du Quoin
Edgar County
Effingham County
Fairview Heights
Fayette County
Ford County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Gallatin County
Granite City
Grundy County
Hamilton County
Hancock County
Hardin County
Henderson County
Henry County
Hoffman Estates
Iroquois County
Jackson County
Jasper County
Jefferson County 
Jersey County
Jo Daviess County
Johnson County
Kane County
Kankakee County
Kendall County
Knox County
La Salle County
Lake County
Lawrence County
Lee County
Livingston County
Logan County
Macon County
Macoupin County


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