Port of Hueneme, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security released its final allocations for the FY 2013 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) awarding $904,035 to the Port of Hueneme and its Port Security Stakeholders. Project stakeholders include our customers, City of Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard Firefighters, City of Port Hueneme Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County Fire Department.
“This funding is a product of hard work and leveraging partnerships with government and industry leaders. The funds promise to maximize the security and safety of our surrounding communities while we continue to bring jobs and prosperity to the region,” stated Jason Hodge, President of the Board of Port Commissioners.
The funding available totaled $93,207,313, which was divided up among the nation’s successful applicants. The funding is directed towards the improvement of port-wide maritime security risk management; enhanced maritime domain awareness; support maritime security training and exercises; and maintenance or reestablishment of maritime security mitigation protocols that support the port recovery and resiliency capabilities. The Port and its partners will know the precise project breakout from FEMA when they send further documentation. Port security investments had to address United States Coast Guard (USCG) identified vulnerabilities in port security and support the prevention, detection, response, and/or recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons.
“We extend our appreciation to Captain Jenkins, Commander, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach-Hueneme, for the leadership and support of the USCG in our port security initiatives, including actively participating in our port security exercises,” said Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme CEO & Executive Director adding, “This funding allows us to keep pace with advances in new technologies and provides us with the tools to keep our men and women on the frontline prepared and well trained.”
“The projects submitted in this application will maximize the Port’s ability to deliver layered security and build upon and improve projects that have been funded through previous grant rounds. These funds are imperative in sustaining and improving our safety and security here at the Port,” said Christina Birdsey, Director of Operations & Security.
The Port of Hueneme is one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast. The Port is governed by 5 locally elected Port Commissioners. The Port moves $7 billion in goods each year and consistently ranks among the top ten U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce. Port operations support the community by bringing $1 billion in economic activity and creating 9,448 trade-related jobs. Trade through the Port of Hueneme generates more than $63 million in annual state and local taxes which funds vital community services.
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