Port of Seattle, Local Agencies Get Nearly $18M in Homeland Security Grants
Funds used for security infrastructure, equipment, training
SEATTLE -The Port of Seattle, along with local law enforcement networks, Seattle Fire Department, and maritime partners and tenants have received $17,885,487 in Homeland Security grants in 2009 and the beginning of 2010. Funding has come in several rounds of competitive grants that the Port of Seattle led, benefitting regional agencies that have provided some of the funding match.
In 2009, nearly $10.5 million went toward fencing and security around Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, video surveillance, radioactive material detection, and a wireless communication network. In addition to the access control infrastructure and equipment, training and situation exercises for neighboring jurisdictions were funded.
That particular round of funding also included a Port Resiliency and Recovery Plan Development for Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle, which brought together several jurisdictions to plan for any emergency that may impact port functions during a disaster.
Seattle Fire Department will also be a beneficiary of the additional funding, which includes upgrades on waterside response capability for SFD fire boats and additional communications equipment.
Thus far in 2010, the Port of Seattle has received commission authorization for nearly $7.5 million, which will provide a Port of Seattle Police bomb disposal truck and robot, and vessel sonar equipment. Mutual assistance agreements with other law enforcement agencies will allow this equipment to be used throughout the region.
Grant funding to the Port of Seattle will go toward seaport security, which benefits Port of Seattle Police as they work to protect all port facilities and the people using them. The Homeland Security grant process is vetted on several levels, including the Captain of the Port (local US Coast Guard), and FEMA at the national level.