Homeland Security grants to Ohio, Cleveland cut significantly since 2010 for emergency training

CLEVELAND - Federal Department of Homeland Security grants help Ohio's cities and counties pay to train, equip and hire emergency workers to respond to terror attacks.

NewsChannel5 investigators found the U.S. government has significantly reduced the amount of money it gives Ohio to fight terror since 2010.

Ohio received $6.2 million in Homeland Security grants last year. In 2010, Ohio received $40.7 million. 

There have also been dramatic cuts to Homeland Security grants for Ohio's cities and counties.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management received $727,630 in 2012, compared to approximately $2.2 million in 2010.

The city of Cleveland received $137,433 last year. The city received $2.7 million in homeland security grants in 2012. 

"Everybody's budgets are decreasing right now and nobody's happy with it," said John Hatzadony, the Director of the Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies at Notre Dame College and former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"Sometimes the training money is one of the first things to get pulled back and that's unfortunate," he said.

He said it is important for emergency workers from different jurisdictions to train together before tragedy strikes.

"We've learned from experience that training time spent on building those relationships is one of the best ways to deal with a crisis," Hatzadony said.

Ohio emergency officials said the state and local governments have sustained funding for programs being cut by the feds.

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