RICHMOND -- Hampton Roads will receive $1 million of $7.4 million in funds from a Homeland Security Grant Program, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.
The Hampton Roads region, along with National Capital region, was identified as a high-threat, high-density urban area.
The money from the Urban Areas Security Initiative cover costs of law enforcement and terrorism prevention and typically include training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and equipment replacement
The region has received funding from the program before. This year's amount is a 15% increase, he noted.
“This significant increase in federal homeland security grant funding will greatly improve Virginia’s ability to keep our families, communities and economic assets safe,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As home to some of the world’s largest military installations and critical government infrastructure, Virginia is a strategic partner in national defense and homeland security. These funds are vital to us as we plan and prepare for known and unknown threats," Gov. McAuliffe said.