NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana will receive $313,800 from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security to train citizens to be better
prepared to respond to emergency situations.
The grant is part of $19 million being made available to expand
the Community Emergency Response Teams program.
"Homeland Security has provided more than $4 billion to state
and local governments this year to support the efforts of first
responders and help us secure the homeland," Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge said. "These CERT grants are a great example
of the use of funding to better prepare America's communities."
Each CERT member is required to complete 20 hours of training on
disaster preparedness, basic disaster medical operations, fire
safety, light search and rescue and other areas. CERT members are
trained to provide immediate assistance to victims, assist in
organizing volunteers and provide support for first responders.
Louisiana received a previous $285,089 CERT grant last December.

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