San Diego was awarded $16.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for emergency preparedness and anti-terrorism efforts, it was announced today.

The DHS awarded $798.6 million to 62 metropolitan areas through its Urban Areas Security Initiative, or UASI.

Last year, San Diego was awarded $15.5 million in UASI grants.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced nearly $1.8 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency preparedness grants, which included the UASI funding.

"These grants provide direct support for regional preparedness, urban security and medical response efforts in communities across the country," Napolitano said.

Mayor Jerry Sanders said San Diego was the only municipality to get its full funding request.

"This has given our region the largest shift in funding levels among all applicants," Sanders said, adding that San Diego received more than $698,000 over last year.

"This is a record amount of funding for our region under the UASI program," Sanders said.

The city will use the money to improve communications between emergency responders, bolster terrorism threat assessment efforts and better prepare residents for emergencies, he said.