JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will receive $6.9 million dollars in federal money to prepare for potential biological terrorism events, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Tuesday.
The money is part of $1 billion the federal Health and Human Services Department is sending to states.
The funds are intended to upgrade states' ability to track and investigate infectious diseases, help hospitals get ready to handle large numbers of casualties and improve communications and public health laboratory capacity.
Each state is receiving $5 million, plus an additional amount based on its population.
The money may mean the governor will reduce his request for $46.7 million dollars in state funds for homeland security. However, the governor's office said it's not clear yet how many of the state's needs can be funded by the federal grant.
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