Administration seeks to redo Homeland Security grants given to cities

Tuesday, January 3rd 2006, 9:47 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Homeland security grants are being handed out to fight terrorism and other dangers, including natural disasters, in Oklahoma City and dozens of other regions of the nation.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced Tuesday morning that more money will be directed at areas facing multiple threats. He says the department is talking about areas and not cities.

Specifically there are 46 areas that include 95 cities with populations of 100,000 people or more. Among the metro areas on the list is Oklahoma City, including the Norman area.

The grants are part of $765-million in the annual Urban Area Security Initiative grants. In past years, the grants generally have gone to the nation's 50 largest cities for terror-related security measures.