Congresswoman Laura Richardson announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded more than $155 million in security grant funding to protect the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and surrounding communities from terrorist attack.
"Securing funding for our ports and local communities has been one of my major priorities throughout my tenure in Congress," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson. "As a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee I have been and remain committed to doing all I can to ensure adequate funding is available to protect the Long Beach and Los Angeles metropolitan areas from acts of terrorism."
Long Beach and Los Angles are two of the highest risk areas in the country, and Congresswoman Richardson has a strong record of defeating attempts to divert high-risk urban area security funding to other regions and areas that have a much lower risk of terrorist attack.
"I am pleased to announce that these grant funds will be used to protect our ports and keep police, firefighters, and first responders on the job so they can keep our communities safe," said
Congresswoman Richardson. The grant funding announced today includes the following:
Grants awarded to Long Beach/Los Angeles County:
· $61,029,547 in Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding for the Long Beach/Los Angeles area, in which at least 25 percent of the funds are dedicated to law enforcement activities. The Urban Area Security Initiative assists high-density urban areas in building an enhanced and sustainable system to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.
· $16,426,431 in Port Security Grant Program funding for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. This program supports a port's ability to prevent, detect, respond, and recover from a terrorist attack through training and safety improvements. The Ports of Long Beach and the Ports of Long Beach are the busiest ports in the nation.
· $1,050,000 Urban Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program funding. This will help to provide funding for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.
· $43,503,883 in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding for the state of California to implement a strategy to identify planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs at the state and local levels to prevent, protect, respond, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
· $7,826,241 in Operation Stone Garden funding to the state of California to enhance cooperation among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to secure the United States' border.
· $26,853,993 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program funding to enable California to assist local, State, and tribal governments in develop all-hazards emergency preparedness plans and systems.
Native American and Tribal Grants
· $1,357,717 to the state of California in Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program funding to assist tribes strengthen their resources against the risks associated with terrorist attacks.
"I am pleased that these funds will be used to keep our communities safe. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to secure
funding for programs that put people to work, and keep the people in my congressional
district safe," Congresswoman Richardson concluded.