USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning today announced an Economic Impact Initiative (EII) Grant of $10,675 to the City of Hurdland. The funds were used to purchase a new early warning storm siren, as they previously did not have one.
“Protecting lives and property is part of Rural Development’s community development mission. Community development also includes providing resources for public safety efforts,” said Dunning. “Early warning is critical for saving lives in emergency conditions, and in rural areas, it’s even more critical due to the distance for first responders to travel. Hurdland’s warning siren is a great of example of what rural areas can do to expand their safety efforts.”
Hurdland did not have any type of early warning siren. With the history of storms in the area, it is important to warn the citizens of impeding weather conditions.
The EII program provides funding for rural first responder agencies. These funds have been used by rural communities to purchase, among other critical items, police cars, fire trucks, emergency rescue equipment, and communications devices.
Further information on additional programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/mo. Interested parties may also contact the Kirksville Area Office at (660) 665-3274, Ext 4.
President Obama's historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $212 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.