Representative Marquart Reintroduces County Emergency Management Funding Bill
St. Paul, MN — District 4B Representative Paul Marquart has once again introduced a bill that would provide funding for local county emergency management departments to assist with emergency preparedness. Marquart’s Bill, House File 499, would provide $3,000,000 in each of the next two years to the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division to award grants in equal amounts to the 87 Minnesota counties, 11 federally recognized tribes, and four cities of the first class. Representative Marquart says the importance of this bill is to make sure counties are adequately prepared to handle disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, riots, and pandemics.
Currently Norman County gets approximately $16,000 from the Federal government for emergency management, which is matched by the county via local property taxes. This bill would provide $30,000 in additional funding for each county, which would nearly double Norman County’s Emergency Management budget. Norman County’s own Emergency Manager Garry Johanson testified on behalf of the bill at a hearing on Friday. Johanson is the Past President of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers and is scheduled to join the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program this Thursday at 9am.