DHS Security Funding Changes Worry KC

Recent study had show that KC area could face funding challenges under revised formulas


As a result, the new UASI standards are meant to judge risk and allocate grants accordingly.

The department is rating risk in part because it has less money to pass out. This year's UASI program calls for spending $765 million, $90 million less than the $855 million spent a year ago. Since it started in 2003, UASI grants have totaled $2.1 billion.

Under the new guidelines the department will assess risk for natural, as well as man-made, disasters. That, local emergency planners said, will help make Kansas City's case.

"We don't have hurricanes," Dyer said. "We have tornadoes and ice storms and floods and maybe earthquakes."

The Homeland Security Department also issues grants to states, money that is not affected by Tuesday's announcement.

Last year, the congressional survey shows, Kansas received $21.8 million, while Missouri got $47.1 million, including $15.3 million in UASI grants for Kansas City and St. Louis.

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