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BOSTON -- The Department of Homeland Security has announced $35 million in federal assistance for Massachusetts.
State public safety officials will receive $17.2 million in federal assistance, a 15 percent decrease from last year. Public Safety and Security Secretary Kevin Burke said Friday that a streamlined state strategy focuses on what first responders and cities and towns need.
Among the specific areas where the state will direct the new funds: Enhancing preparedness for a chemical, biological, or radioactive explosion and improving coordination between bomb squads and other first responders.
The state also plans to enhance its preparation and response to a pandemic influenza outbreak.
The bulk of the remaining funds will go to the metropolitan Boston area under the Urban Area Security Initiative Program. Mayor Thomas Menino says the money will help with disaster planning.
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