Maine is getting $16.6 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help its first responders with planning, training and equipment needs.

The grant was announced Tuesday. The money is part of $23 billion doled out by the department since its inception to prevent, respond to and recover from potential acts of terrorism.

Marc Short, a department spokesman, said Maine’s share of the money was determined based on assessments of the state’s vulnerabilities. The money will be sent to the Maine Emergency Management Agency. The EMA will decide how the money will be parceled out to first responders, Short said.

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