HAMPTON ROADS -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Virginia has received $7.4 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funds for fiscal year 2014.

The funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are a 15 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.

These grants are provided to strengthen the commonwealth's ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

'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 Gov. 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.'

Hampton Roads will also receive $1 million in increased funding as part of the Urban Areas Security Initiative.The region was recently identified as a high-threat, high-density urban area.
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