WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The City of Winston-Salem is taking every step to help prepare against terrorist attacks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the city a $1.87 million grant for additional planning and training. The grant money will allow city leaders and emergency responders to develop and practice a regional approach for responding to a coordinated terrorist attack.

It will also help emergency officials respond to gaps in safety resources for responding to a terrorist attack. The gaps were discovered during a training session for safety officials at FEMA’s training facility in Emmitsburg, MD in 2014.

The money will also be used to help pay for a region-wide series of training exercises to practice the response plan.

Winston-Salem was the fifth-largest grant overall and the largest that was awarded to a local government. It was also among 29 grants totaling $35.9 million to state, regional, and local governments.

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Mayor Allen Joines said, “Ensuring that our citizens are safe and as fully protected as possible during these times of terrorist attacks and other violence is the highest calling of a local government. I am very pleased that Winston-Salem was chosen to receive this grant that will allow us to take our planning to an even higher level.”