Dec. 21, 2003 – The Port Authority and a local marine industry firm have been approved to receive federal funding for homeland security initiatives, and the government has been awarded two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Two V.I. projects were among 442 funded nationwide through the Department of Homeland Security's Port Security Grants program, Delegate Donna M. Christensen said in a release distributed Friday.
– The Port Authority has been awarded $785,200 for port security enhancements.
– Crowley Maritime Corp. of St. Thomas has been awarded $84,075 for surveillance for its terminal security enhancement project.
The grant program provides resources for "planning and projects to improve dockside and perimeter security vital to securing national seaports," the release stated. It said the money will go toward such things as "new patrol boats, surveillance equipment and construction of new command and control facilities."
One FEMA grant is of $632,810 from the agency's Emergency Management Performance Grants program. The award is to provide the territory "flexibility to allocate funds according to risk vulnerabilities and to address urgent needs in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery," the release from Christensen's office stated.
The other FEMA grant is of $212,058 from the agency's Emergency Food and Shelter program, which is aimed at "supplementing and expanding ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for homeless and hungry individuals nationwide," the release said.
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