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L.A. and Long Beach Get $55 Million in Homeland Security Bucks to Help Deal with Terrorism and Natural Disasters

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$55 million in federal funds have been allotted to Los Angeles and Long Beach, in a joint effort for the two cities to be better prepared to fend against terrorism and natural disasters, reports the Daily Breeze.

"Unfortunately, we live in a period where being caught off-guard is no longer an option," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, acknowledging that a portion of the funds will be going to improve communication between various law enforcement and emergency agencies in the region.

The funds come from an Urban Area Security Initiative grant issued by the Department of Homeland Security; the goal of the initiative and the funds is to expand "regional collaboration for prevention, protection, response and recovery."

"We are safer now than we were nine years ago, but more has to be done, much more has to be done," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.