Los Angeles Harbor Commission Approves $1.8M in FEMA Grants

[ November 19, 2015   //   ]

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved three grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totaling $1.8 million. The grants will support Port Police security and operation integration initiatives, as well as cyber security infrastructure.

“Protecting the Port and the surrounding Los Angeles Harbor area communities is a top priority,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “These grants will allow us to continue extremely important programs and technology upgrades necessary to keep our security operations state-of-the-art.”

As a condition of the FEMA Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—a competitive grant program supporting security enhancements at ports nationwide—the Port will contribute 25% in additional non-federal funds, or $625,000. The match brings total funding for the three Port security initiatives to $2.5 million.

The security projects to be undertaken include integration, maintenance and repair of Port security systems; integration of external security video feeds from various government departments, terminals and mobile sources; improvements to the Port’s mass notification system; and infrastructure upgrades that address a variety of cyber risks associated with port complex security.