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Counties, town get emergency management funds

RICHMOND —  Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week $2.7 million in new federal Local Emergency Management Performance Grants (LEMPG) to help localities plan and respond to emergencies in their areas.

According to a press release, the town of Farmville will receive $12,180, Prince Edward County will get $9,436, and Buckingham and Cumberland counties will each get $7,500.

“These grants will help enable our emergency planning and first responder agencies to acquire the tools, equipment and other resources necessary to protect our citizens and keep Virginia safe,” McAuliffe said. “From severe weather to terrorism, Virginia responders are expected to prepare for a wide range of events that could threaten lives or property anywhere in our commonwealth.”

He said the funds will help the state “continue to collaborate with local and federal emergency management agencies and organizations to be as ready as possible to keep families and communities safe when the next unexpected event occurs.”