All 50 U.S. states and territories will be able to boost their public health emergency preparedness capabilities as the federal Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $613 million to strengthen all-hazards emergency preparedness.

The allotment also includes funding for four large metropolitan areas and Pacific island areas.

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement is administered by the HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agreement supports state, local, and territorial health departments in achieving 15 public health preparedness capabilities and other activities to promote safer and more resilient communities, the CDC said in a statement.

"State and local public health departments have made tremendous advances in public health preparedness and response since the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The terrorist attacks highlighted the importance of health security and the need to expand the federal government's investments in state and local public health preparedness," said Dr. Ali S. Khan, director of CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which oversees the PHEP cooperative agreement. "These funds work to secure the nation from all public health threats."

According to the CDC, its new PHEP cooperative agreement focuses on advancing public health preparedness for public health laboratory testing, public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation, community preparedness, medical countermeasure dispensing, responder safety and health, emergency operations coordination, emergency public information and warning, and other capabilities.

Allotments

Awardee

FY 2011 Total Funding Available

Alabama

$8,633,983

Alaska

$5,177,600

American Samoa

$374,003

Arizona

$11,894,861

Arkansas

$6,469,981

California

$41,661,534

Chicago

$10,409,823

Colorado

$9,397,930

Connecticut

$7,553,479

Delaware

$5,422,932

District of Columbia

$6,730,903

Florida

$27,687,829

Georgia

$15,653,814

Guam

$501,200

Hawaii

$5,260,290

Idaho

$5,181,907

Illinois

$16,845,953

Indiana

$11,146,909

Iowa

$6,595,869

Kansas

$6,595,020

Kentucky

$8,275,695

Los Angeles County

$20,404,916

Louisiana

$8,632,297

Maine

$5,206,160

Marshall Islands

$372,756

Maryland

$11,057,196

Massachusetts

$13,459,602

Michigan

$16,543,509

Micronesia

$421,144

Minnesota

$10,842,711

Mississippi

$6,565,242

Missouri

$10,717,722

Montana

$5,178,911

Nebraska

$5,234,954

Nevada

$6,585,802

New Hampshire

$5,398,877

New Jersey

$16,184,853

New Mexico

$6,526,120

New York

$19,284,669

New York  City

$19,243,835

North Carolina

$14,020,450

North Dakota

$5,180,405

Northern Mariana Islands

$358,054

Ohio

$17,618,925

Oklahoma

$7,509,542

Oregon

$7,829,790

Palau

$323,450

Pennsylvania

$19,774,638

Puerto Rico

$7,473,561

Rhode Island

$5,302,058

South Carolina

$9,308,851

South Dakota

$5,169,600

Tennessee

$10,845,628

Texas

$37,545,665

Utah

$6,464,082

Vermont

$5,192,031

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

$423,822

Virginia

$14,483,987

Washington

$11,711,066

West Virginia

$5,336,731

Wisconsin

$11,235,615

Wyoming

$5,169,600

TOTAL FY 2011 PHEP FUNDING

$613,610,342