The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is awarding 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies with grants, totaling $4 million, to help in local disaster preparation and response efforts in light of the flooding this spring.
“During the floods this spring, local emergency management agencies led heroic efforts to protect the people of Illinois,” Quinn said in a prepared statement. “These organizations stand ready to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any type of disaster that impacts their communities. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools needed to prepare and respond to those emergencies.”
The Emergency Management Performance Grants 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.
County and municipal emergency management agencies receiving the grants include:
Cook County $458,733.85
Des Plaines $ 26,352.36
DuPage County $161,935.32
Kane County $ 92,261.70
Lake County $ 156,804.01
McHenry County $ 76,987.41
Palatine $ 28,413.58
Illinois has secured federal assistant that, to date, has helped more than 60,000 people and households receive federal grants to repair or replace homes and personal items damaged in April's flooding. Those grants currently total more than $150 million, with an additional $60 million in federal low-interest loans also approved to aid with flood recovery.