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County ESDA gets grant

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Emergency Disaster Services Agency is one of 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies in Illinois to receive a share of a $4 million federal grant.

On Monday, Bureau County ESDA coordinator Kris Donarski said the county’s share was $21,623 for Fiscal Year 2013, which ends Sept. 30. This is about the same amount as received last year through the annual grant. She has already applied for the Fiscal Year 2014 grant, Donarski said.

The annual grant money is a reimbursement to the county for some of its day-to-day operation expenses, such as telephone costs, travel expenses for training and salaries.

In making the announcement of the grant awards, Gov. Pat Quinn commended the grant recipients for the work they do to prepare their communities for emergencies and to keep residents protected.

“These organizations stand ready to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any type of disaster that impacts their communities,” Quinn said. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools needed to prepare and respond to those emergencies.”

In explaining the grant program, Quinn said the Emergency Management Performance Grants are funded through a grant which the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

IEMA Director Jonathon Monken also commented on the work of the agencies receiving the federal grant money.

“Every disaster begins as a local emergency, and that’s why it’s so important to have a sound local emergency management program,” Monken said. “Particularly in difficult fiscal times, these grants provide needed support to ensure local emergency management agencies are prepared to respond to disasters in their communities.”

Other area counties receiving the FEMA grants include Putnam County, $13,920; Henry County, $12,107; LaSalle County, $37,587; Lee County, $21,836; Marshall County, $13,079; and Whiteside County, $26,379.

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