La. to get $16M in homeland security grants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana is expected to get $16 million for port security, equipment to combat terrorists and emergency preparedness.

That's according to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who announced Friday the money is included in a Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

Under the bill, $5.5 million goes to state and local governments to improve emergency preparedness. .

The state is getting $2.8 million for new equipment and training to better respond to acts of terrorism and catastrophic events such as hurricanes and floods.

Meanwhile $1.3 million is going to the New Orleans region to help the area deal with threats in urban areas.

About $6 million is going to New Orleans, the Lower Mississippi River Port Wide Strategic Security Council and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office to improve port security.

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