County To Receive $ 679,976 Homeland Security Grant
(Woodbury, NJ) Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Jean DuBois announced today that Gloucester County's Office of Emergency Management will be the recipient of $697,976 grant from the FY2010 federal Department of Homeland Security.
The grant will be used to fund law enforcement and regional safety projects that have a direct impact on first responders, critical infrastructure, communications and mass public safety and health.
Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney explained that after September 11th (2001) the county received federal funding to sure up critical infrastructure and to put equipment and regional programs into place that can be used in a mass critical event, and that can also be used for emergency preparedness and public safety activities.
This grant funding allows us to continue to put equipment, training and protocols into place that is consistent with a regional strategy to respond to any large-scale disaster, whether caused by a terrorist attack, accident or natural disaster, said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
Sweeney said that some of the projects that would be considered under the FY2010 grant will include regional Haz-Mat and bomb units, regional back-up communications center with neighboring counties, SWAT, and a State Wide Mass Feeding Unit.
A working group that is comprised of County Emergency Response, health officials, hospitals, first responders, and law enforcement officials determine the priorities for the annual grant.
Freeholder Jean DuBois, liaison to the Department of Emergency Management said that in years past that federal grant has enabled the county to purchase large equipment for the Neptune System (fire fighting foam delivery system), Roam Secure Digital Text Messaging System, field communications vehicles, mass prophylaxis systems and personal protective equipment for first responders.
Gloucester County Emergency Response is constantly working with our public safety community and first responders to make sure we have the equipment, technology and training in place to handle any multitude of situations, said DuBois.