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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While the City of Philadelphia prepares to
    divvy up more than $14 million in new federal homeland security
    funds, emergency planners in southern New Jersey are wondering if
    they'll get a slice of the pie.
    The money was awarded to the Philadelphia region last month, and
    pushes the total amount of grants for Pennsylvania to $89 million.
    But no guidelines have been announced for how the money earmarked
    for the Philadelphia area will be divided between the city and its
    nine suburban counties.
    Four of those counties are in New Jersey - Camden, Gloucester,
    Burlington and Salem - and account for a quarter of the
    Philadelphia region's total population.
    Planners in those counties foresee Philadelphia residents
    heading across the Delaware River in an emergency situation, and
    want to be prepared.
    "We're only a nine-iron and driver shot away from South
    Philly," Thomas Butts, emergency management coordinator for
    Gloucester County, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're going to
    be impacted if anything happens in the city. We'll be stuck
    sheltering a quarter of a million people if they come over here."
    David Sanko, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management
    Agency, said the federal homeland security office has not issued
    final guidelines for awarding urban grants.
    "I've been told different things on different days, and I'm not
    willing to guess anymore," he said.
    Sanko said the Pennsylvania suburbs are guaranteed to share some
    of the money.
    New Jersey is scheduled to get $63 million in federal homeland
    security grants. But local police, fire and emergency units are
    already finding it difficult to implement mandated emergency
    programs.
    "Right now we have emergency details that we're funding out of
    our own municipal budgets," said Chris Ferrari, president of the
    Camden County Police Chiefs Association.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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    New Jersey gets $37.6 million in latest homeland security grants

    WASHINGTON (AP) - New Jersey is getting $37.6 million in the
    latest round of federal grants for homeland security.
    The money can go toward equipment, training, planning and
    exercises for police, fire departments and other agencies that
    respond to emergencies.
    Part of the money also can be used by local governments to
    offset costs associated with heightened security during the war in
    Iraq.
    The funds are part of a $4.4 billion Homeland Security
    Department program that began in March.
    According to a tally by the Department of Homeland Security, New
    Jersey, the Newark area and the ports of New York and New Jersey
    had previously received a total of $35.4 million in domestic
    preparedness grants this year.


    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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