FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOJP/OSLDPS
WENESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1999202/307-0703

GRANTS TO EQUIP CITIES TO RESPOND TO TERRORIST ACTS
ANNOUNCED BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Justice Department today announced 34 grants to jurisdictions in 14 states totaling approximately $6.8 million, to enhance the capability of counties and cities across the nation to respond to acts of terrorism involving biological or chemical agents or nuclear, radiological, or explosive materials. The funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for local emergency response agencies, including fire and emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel and hazardous materials response units, who are the first responders to terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destructions.

"Events in recent years have made it clear that we must do all we can to prepare to respond quickly to acts that put our nation's citizens in harm's way," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "By adequately equipping these first responders, we increase their chances of saving lives during the first critical moments of such an incident."

These grants are being made under the FY 1999 County and Municipal Agency Domestic Preparedness Equipment Support Program, which is administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of State and Local Domestic Preparedness Support (OSLDPS).

These 34 grants are the first of 157 that will be made to the largest jurisdictions in the country. The remainder will be made early in calendar year 2000.

The grants of between $100,00 and $300,000 may be used to purchase personal protective equipment, chemical, biological, or radiological detection equipment, or communications equipment from a list of authorized equipment designated by the Justice Department.

In addition to grants being made under this program, OSLDPS is also administering a complementary state equipment program. OSLDPS will work with the FBI and its National Domestic Preparedness Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control to assist all 50 states to perform risk and needs assessments that will provide the framework for expenditure of state funds. Each state will receive funds to help with the risk and needs assessment and subsequent funds to purchase equipment to meet the states' needs, as well as other local needs, not met by the county and municipal equipment program.

"We are working closely with our state and local partners to maximize the effectiveness of their response to terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destruction," said OJP Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson. "These two equipment programs, and the needs assessment process, will help our communities be in a better position to respond to the potential of a weapons of mass destruction attack."

Last year, OSLDPS made 41 grants totaling approximately $12 million under its county and municipal equipment program. OJP also operates the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, which trains first responders to deal with incidents involving weapons of

mass destruction. In addition, OSLDPS sponsors several other first responder training programs at several sites across the nation.

Additional information about OJP and its programs can be obtained at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Attached is a list of FY 1999 County and Municipal Agency Domestic Preparedness Equipment Support Program.

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OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS

COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL AGENCY DOMESTIC

PREPAREDNESS EQUIPMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM

FY 1999 GRANT RECIPIENTS
State
Grant Recipient
Local Contact
Award Amount
CO
City and County of Denver Tim Cuthriell

303/640-2616

$100,000
FL
City of Tampa Kern Wilson

813/274-8408

$100,000
GA
City of Atlanta Valena Rhodes Franklin

404/853-7799

$100,000
GA
Dekalb County Robert A. Wade

770/270-6225

$199,990
KS
City of Wichita Doug Stimits

316/337-9041

$ 99,990
KY
Jefferson County Francis Weber

502/574-6144

$200,000
MD
Montgomery County Theodore Jarboe

240/777-2493

$200,000
MA
City of Boston John F. Hasson

617/343-2067

$199,636
MA
Essex County Joan Roche

508/820-2000

$199,008
MA
Middlesex County Joan Roche

508/820-2000

$299,665
MA
Norfolk County Kathleen Estridge

508/820-2000

$198,663
MA
Worcester County Joan Roche

508/820-2000

$199,875
MI
Wayne County Mark Sparks

734/942-5289

$300,000
NE
City of Omaha Florian Paskevic

402/444-3938

$100,000
NJ
Union County Richard Puschel

908/654-9800

$100,000
NJ
Camden County Frank Filipek

856/374-6040

$100,000
State
Grant Recipient
Local Contact
Award Amount
NJ
Essex County Julius Coltre

973/624-4796

$199,830
NJ
Passaic County Karen Lee Barrett

973/881-4474

$100,000
NJ
Middlesex County Richard Kozub

732/727-6626

$200,000
NY
City of Buffalo Jack Sniderhan

716/851-5333

$100,000
NY
Erie County Dean A. Messing

716/858-6578

$300,000
NY
Suffolk County Joseph C. Michaels

516/853-4027

$300,000
NY
Westchester County Louis Liberatore

914/741-4235

$300,000
OH
Hamilton County Don Maccarone

513/851-7080

$300,000
OH
Lucas County William Halsey

419/213-6504

$100,000
TX
Bexar County Carl Mixon

210/335-0300

$300,000
TX
City of Corpus Christi Juan Ortiz

361/880-3700

$100,000
TX
City of Dallas Danny Millway

214/670-4611

$300,000
TX
City of El Paso Ray Apodaca

915/771-1010

$200,000
TX
Harris County M.H. Talton

713/755-7283

$300,000
TX
City of San Antonio Joe Candelario

210/207-7060

$300,000
WA
King County Shad Burcham

206/205-8106

$300,000
WA
Pierce County Steven Bailey

253/798-6595

$200,000
WA
City of Seattle A.D. Vickery

206/386-1895

$200,000
Total $6,796,657