Head of State Homeland Security Office Says Fewer Resources are Available

The director of Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security says the amount of money he has available for grants to local governments is a fraction of what it was eight years ago. Gene Kiser says his office had $27 million for grants in 2004. That compares with only $2.2 million for the coming fiscal year.

Kiser says the depleted resource pool comes at a time when many public safety forces in Kentucky are trying to comply with a federal mandate.

“The biggest need right now is radios, because the FCC has a mandate that all first responders have to be on a narrow-band frequency by January 1 of 2013,” he said.                                            

Kiser testified this afternoon before the state legislature’s interim joint committee on veterans, military affairs and public protection.