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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.