Port of Long Beach receives $4 million security grant from FEMA

By City News Service | citynewsservice@scng.com |
PUBLISHED: September 19, 2018 at 5:20 pm | UPDATED: September 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

The Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Sept. 19 that it has been awarded more than $4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help increase its security systems.

The $4,197,480 comes from the Port Security Grant Program, and will be utilized for security system maintenance, along with expanding and enhancing physical and cyber security capabilities, port officials said.

“These funds are critical to maintaining our robust security program,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “We are able to service and replace critical systems to keep our harbor safe from a wide variety of threats.”

More than 30 ports nationwide received grants totaling $100 million last month, while the Long Beach Police Department was awarded a separate $1.1 million grant and the Long Beach Fire Department received $315,000 through the program.

“Maintaining security here is of vital importance to our local economy and the nation’s economy, and the Harbor Commission is appreciative of the federal funding for this effort,” said Tracy Egoscue, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

The Port of Long Beach received the third-highest sum, after the New York City police and fire departments, according to port officials.

This article was originally published at https://www.presstelegram.com/2018/09/19/port-of-long-beach-receives-4-million-security-grant-from-fema/