Department of Homeland Security announces grant for Oklahoma

Monday, July 7th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that Oklahoma will receive a grant to help state, local and tribal governments develop hazard mitigation plans.

Officials say their goal is to help reduce the loss of life and property due to disasters. They say supporting comprehensive plans to reduce risks before a disaster strikes is the most effective way to meet that goal.

The plans are funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's pre-disaster mitigation program. Officials say they will soon be a prerequisite for receiving some types of mitigation funding and disaster assistance.

Oklahoma will get more than $248,000 to support development of the plans. The funds require a 25% cost share from a nonfederal source.