|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||OJP/OSLDPS||WENESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1999||202/307-0703|
GRANTS TO EQUIP CITIES TO RESPOND TO TERRORIST ACTS
ANNOUNCED BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Justice Department today announced 34 grants to jurisdictions in 14 states totaling approximately $6.8 million, to enhance the capability of counties and cities across the nation to respond to acts of terrorism involving biological or chemical agents or nuclear, radiological, or explosive materials. The funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for local emergency response agencies, including fire and emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel and hazardous materials response units, who are the first responders to terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destructions.
"Events in recent years have made it clear that we must do all we can to prepare to respond quickly to acts that put our nation's citizens in harm's way," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "By adequately equipping these first responders, we increase their chances of saving lives during the first critical moments of such an incident."
These grants are being made under the FY 1999 County and Municipal Agency Domestic Preparedness Equipment Support Program, which is administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of State and Local Domestic Preparedness Support (OSLDPS).
These 34 grants are the first of 157 that will be made to the largest jurisdictions in the country. The remainder will be made early in calendar year 2000.
The grants of between $100,00 and $300,000 may be used to purchase personal protective equipment, chemical, biological, or radiological detection equipment, or communications equipment from a list of authorized equipment designated by the Justice Department.
In addition to grants being made under this program, OSLDPS is also administering a complementary state equipment program. OSLDPS will work with the FBI and its National Domestic Preparedness Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control to assist all 50 states to perform risk and needs assessments that will provide the framework for expenditure of state funds. Each state will receive funds to help with the risk and needs assessment and subsequent funds to purchase equipment to meet the states' needs, as well as other local needs, not met by the county and municipal equipment program.
"We are working closely with our state and local partners to maximize the effectiveness of their response to terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destruction," said OJP Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson. "These two equipment programs, and the needs assessment process, will help our communities be in a better position to respond to the potential of a weapons of mass destruction attack."
Last year, OSLDPS made 41 grants totaling approximately $12 million under its county and municipal equipment program. OJP also operates the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, which trains first responders to deal with incidents involving weapons of
mass destruction. In addition, OSLDPS sponsors several other first responder training programs at several sites across the nation.
Additional information about OJP and its programs can be obtained at: https://ojp.gov
Attached is a list of FY 1999 County and Municipal Agency Domestic Preparedness Equipment Support Program.
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OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS
COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL AGENCY DOMESTIC
PREPAREDNESS EQUIPMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
FY 1999 GRANT RECIPIENTS
303/640-2616 813/274-8408 404/853-7799 770/270-6225 316/337-9041 502/574-6144 240/777-2493 617/343-2067 508/820-2000 508/820-2000 508/820-2000 508/820-2000 734/942-5289 402/444-3938 908/654-9800 856/374-6040 973/624-4796 973/881-4474 732/727-6626 716/851-5333 716/858-6578 516/853-4027 914/741-4235 513/851-7080 419/213-6504 210/335-0300 361/880-3700 214/670-4611 915/771-1010 713/755-7283 210/207-7060 206/205-8106 253/798-6595 206/386-1895
City and County of Denver
City of Tampa
City of Atlanta
Valena Rhodes Franklin
Robert A. Wade
City of Wichita
$ 99,990 KY
City of Boston
John F. Hasson
City of Omaha
Karen Lee Barrett
City of Buffalo
Dean A. Messing
Joseph C. Michaels
City of Corpus Christi
City of Dallas
City of El Paso
City of San Antonio
City of Seattle
FY 1999 GRANT RECIPIENTS