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Friday, 31 July 2015

FEMA to give $11.1m boost for New York /New Jersey port security

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is to provide $11.1 million to boost security in ports in the New York and New Jersey area

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (MTA) will receive the funding to “directly support transportation infrastructure security activities” and in particular to develop stronger defences against potential terrorist attacks.

The award marks an increase in security funding for the authority compared with last year MTA set to receive $20.5 million, up $6.8 million compared with 2014.

“I’m pleased New York is receiving an increase in funding for security activities. We must do all we can to strengthen the nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure New York receives its fair share of emergency preparedness funding," Congresswoman Nita Lowey said.

In May, FEMA launched its $100m Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) wth investment from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program is directed towards port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies across the country and is designed to boost port security services via Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) and Facility Security Plans (FSP). 

“The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal,” FEMA said in a statement.

The annual grant program focuses on a wide-variety of solutions including: port-wide maritime security risk management, response and recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED), enhanced maritime domain awareness, maritime security training and exercises and establishment of maritime security mitigation protocols to support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. 

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