Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's state homeland security operations are getting a boost from the federal government in the form of more than $6.5 million in funding.
Members of the state's congressional delegation say about 80 percent of the money will go to local agencies like sheriff's offices or fire departments. The reset will go to state government.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, the democrat who represents the state's 3rd congressional district, says West Virginia's location near Washington D.C. and its abundance of natural resources make emergency preparedness an urgent priority.
The state homeland security program is designed to improve the ability of state and local governments to handle emergency situations.
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