WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced today that Hawaii will receive more than $10 million in grants distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2012. 

Senator Akaka, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said, “This funding will assist the State in taking the necessary precautions to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters.  As we continue into hurricane season, we are reminded that a disaster can occur at any time.  It is critical that we remain vigilant and ready for whatever comes our way.”

Senator Inouye said, “One of challenges facing an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific is ensuring our island communities are prepared for manmade and natural disasters.  These grants will enable our first responders and local governments to obtain equipment, provide training, and fortify critical infrastructure to better protect our residents and visitors.  I would like to thank the administration for recognizing Hawaii’s unique challenges and investing in the safety of our island community.”

DHS released FY 2012 application guidance and target allocations in February 2012.  For additional information, visit www.fema.gov/grants.