Jan 08 2004
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishWASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will receive a $2.1 million grant for immunization and vaccination programs for children. The grant to DHEC will fund immunization and vaccination program operations and infrastructure, and vaccine purchase. The $2.1 million dollar grant represents an initial portion of the annual award for program operations, or infrastructure activities. The Centers for Disease Control anticipates a second round of awards once the FY2004 appropriations process is completed. The initial award can be used by South Carolina’s immunization program to maintain essential program activities such as immunization registries, outreach, disease surveillance, outbreak control, education, and service delivery. “This grant will help ensure effective immunization practices and proper use of vaccines to achieve high immunization coverage throughout South Carolina,” said Graham. Graham also noted the Medical University of South Carolina will receive two grants totaling more than $500,000 for heart and vascular disease research. “Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for men and women in the U.S.,” said Graham. “This research will help save lives. I am proud that South Carolina’s colleges and universities are on the cutting edge of medical research.” All the grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####
Jan 07 2004
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishWASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $645,000 in grants to fire departments in Beech Island, Greenville, Greenwood, Lancaster, Port Royal, Rock Hill, Seneca, and Wallace. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help the fire departments improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. Beech Island Beech Island Fire Department will receive $60,588. Greenville Greenville City Fire Department will receive $348,874. Greenwood Greenwood Fire Department will receive $110,210. Lancaster Lancaster Fire Department will receive $54,837. Port Royal Town of Port Royal Fire Department will receive $144,306. Rock Hill Rock Hill Fire Department will receive $140,356. Seneca Corinth-Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department will receive $206,643. Wallace Wallace Fire Department will receive $52,465. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####
Jan 07 2004
Additional Steps Must Be Taken to Curb Illegal Immigration
Wes Hickman or Kevin BishWASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today applauded President Bush’s immigration reform plan. He made the following statement: “There’s no doubt we have problems with our immigration policies and they must be addressed. The president’s proposal represents the middle ground in this debate and I applaud President Bush for presenting his ideas. “The president’s proposal allows immigrants who are working to come out of the shadows and benefits businesses seeking to avoid being placed in unnecessary legal jeopardy for hiring labor. It also enhances our homeland security efforts by giving us a record of who is the working in the country and makes a real effort to shrink the underground labor market which suppresses the income of legal workers. All-in all, it’s a very good starting point for Congress to begin our deliberations. “There are other issues we must address in addition to those presented by the president. A high priority of mine is much tougher physical protection of our border and creating tougher barriers to entry. “The San Diego Border Fence, a state of the art nearly impenetrable barrier, has made illegal entry much more difficult. Once a haven for illegal crossings the barrier has stopped the flood of border crossings from Mexico. It has worked and I believe we need to explore the option of expanding it to protect more miles of our border.” ####
Dec 18 2003
Wes Hickman/Kevin BishopWASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced South Carolina will receive a $2.757 million Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) to improve all-hazards preparedness activities and emergency management. South Carolina will provide $2.757 million in matching funds for grants to local governments. “Our first priority is to protect the safety of all our citizens,” said Graham. “This money will help the state and local governments meet the challenges of responding to threats and emergency situations.” The funds may be used to:
- Improve disaster response and recovery capabilities by maintaining and improving State and local emergency operations plans.
- Reduce vulnerability to hazards by improving State mitigation plans.
- Develop mutual aid agreements.
- Support catastrophic planning.
- Coordinate or participate in the development of an inter-jurisdiction exercise program.
- Sponsor and participate in all-hazards exercises.
- Participate in the National Emergency Management Baseline Capability Assurance Program.
- Support and participate in Community Preparedness activities.
- Develop Disaster Logistics Support and Distribution Plans.
- Provide Public Assistance Program training for State staff.
- Develop a State or Local Continuity of Operations Plan.
- Develop a State plan to test the Emergency Alert System to include citizen participation and feedback.