May 16, 2010 (Washington, D.C). – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner has announced that San Diego and Imperial Counties will get more than $8.7 million for security preparedness. In San Diego, funds include protection of ports and public transit.
“It takes constant vigilance to be prepared and keep our country safe,” said Filner. “This money will go to keeping our critical infrastructure safe from terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.”
The funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Preparedness Grants. San Diego received $5.5 million for transit security and $2.7 million for port security. The City of Brawley received $500,000 for emergency operations.
DHS grant programs fund a wide range of preparedness activities including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises and administration costs.
Below is the breakdown of the grants for San Diego and Imperial counties.
Transit Security Grant Program
San Diego North San Diego County Transit System (NCTD) $1,538,250
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) $3,981,790
Port Security Grant Program
San Diego San Diego Unified Port District $2,774,725
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program
City of Brawley $500,000