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By Gerardo R. Partido

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Nov. 30) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Grants and Training has allocated US$658,720 in federal funds for Guam Homeland Security.

According to Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, the federal grant funds were made available to Guam Homeland Security—following the recent passage by Congress of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2007, which was signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 4, 2006.

The grant funds have been made available through the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program in order to support comprehensive emergency management at the state, territorial and local levels.

Bordallo said the grant would be available to Guam Homeland Security for the improvement of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for all hazards.

She stressed that Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense have important roles in maintaining the safety and emergency preparedness of the island.

"The allocation of these federal grant funds is essential to this mission, and will assist the Government of Guam in strengthening our island’s overall security," Bordallo said.

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