Riverside County in California's Emergency Management Department received a $2.57 million federal grant to distribute to local entities for disaster preparedness and response training and activities.

The county is recognized by the California Office of Emergency Services as an “Operational Area” that must have resources available to “prevent, deter, respond to, and recover from threats and incidents of terrorism and other catastrophic events,” according to an EMD statement.

More than a dozen local entities will receive portions of the grants, including fire, police and cities in the county. According to the EMD, funds will be given to coordinate and plan training exercises to improve emergency response. In addition, some money will be set aside for pharmaceutical purchases to ensure ready supplies in the event of a disaster.