Stillwater News Press

December 24, 2013

Payne County receives larger emergency grant

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County will be able to double down thanks to the state and federal governments.

The Payne County commissioners approved a state-local assistance grant at Monday’s meeting 3-0. Payne County Emergency Management Director Jeff Kuhn  said the grant is usually $10,000 but this year the Oklahoma is allocating $20,000.

“It’s the same grant that we get each year,” Kuhn said. “It’s a state and local assistance grant and it’s a 50 percent matching grant.”

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management provides funding and assistance to local emergency management efforts. In 2010, the state-local assistance program allocated approximately $1.2 million to 91 city, town and county emergency management departments.

It is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Emergency Management Performance Grant. Since 2000, the state agency has delivered more than $9.2 million through the program.

In order to take advantage of the assistance program, the local government must meet requirements,  according to the state agency. One criteria is the local government has a 50 percent local cost share requirement.

Even though the county will have to help with at least 50 percent of the cost, the increase is still good for Payne County, Kuhn said.

Kuhn said the $20,000 will be handy to have. Chairman Chris Reding said it was good news for Payne County.