Illinois accepts funding for fight against terror

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – In response to terror attacks around the world, Illinois has earned money to fight them.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency claimed a $1,214,024 grant from the federal government to coordinate against possible attacks. The state will be able to put together planning, training and exercises to be sure it can stay ready.

IEMA plans to take a closer look at what happened in a number of international attacks. This includes a Nov. 2015 attack in Paris, France, when a truck barreled into a crowd of people during a celebration. The group showed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a four-year plan when it applied for the grant.

“Terrorist organizations are promoting and engaging in attacks around the world that have the potential to stress our collective emergency response capabilities like never before,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “An attack of this nature would have severe and long-lasting consequences for both the affected community and the state. This grant will enable us to undertake a comprehensive, multi-year project that will strengthen our resiliency for such attacks.”

State agencies, along with partners in law enforcement and other emergency teams, will be involved in coordinating the project. 

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