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    Richard Vespucci
    Jon Zlock


For Release: June 12, 2003

Homeland Security Funding

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is making available $38 million in grants nationwide to help local school districts improve and strengthen their emergency response plans. Local education agencies with a significant need for emergency preparedness improvements and a lack of fiscal capacity to implement these improvements are invited to apply for grants that are expected to range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Grant recipients will be expected to use the funds they receive to pay for activities such as training school personnel, students, and parents in emergency response procedures and coordinating with local law enforcement, public safety, health, and mental health agencies.

The grant program is administered in New Jersey through the Office of Homeland Security. More details about the program, including the grant application, is available via the Internet at the following address:

The application deadline is June 30, 2003.