FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     OJP

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2002                                                                                             202/307-0703





WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that two states and two cities will receive a total of $11,016,000 in grants to bolster domestic preparedness and security.  The Justice Department plans to announce awards for additional sites over the next several months. 

“Courageous local police, firefighters and EMTs were first on the scene in the horror of September 11, and many others like them will be first on the scene of any future attack.  These grant funds demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to equipping those on the domestic front lines – our state and local emergency first responders – to respond to terrorist attacks,” said Attorney General Ashcroft.  “The grants are an important part of our fight against terrorism, and representative of the federal, state and local cooperation necessary to win that fight.” 

New Mexico and Texas will receive awards through the Office for Domestic Preparedness’ State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program.  The funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for emergency response agencies, including law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency medical services and hazardous materials response units, who would be the first responders to terrorist acts.

All 50 states, the territories, and the District of Columbia will receive funds through this

program to purchase a wide array of equipment including personal protective equipment; chemical, biological or radiological detection equipment; chemical, biological or radiological decontamination equipment; and communications equipment.  To qualify for funding, states, territories, and the District of Columbia first had to conduct a comprehensive assessment of risk, capabilities and needs related to a potential terrorist attack, and develop a multi-year Statewide Domestic Preparedness Strategy that guides their spending of these funds.

The Attorney General also announced today that two cities will receive funds through the Department’s Nunn-Lugar-Domenici (NLD) Domestic Preparedness Program, which provides the nation’s 120 largest jurisdictions with a combination of training, exercises and equipment acquisition support tailored to local needs. The cities – San Bernardino, California; and Jersey City, New Jersey – will use the funds to purchase specialized domestic preparedness training equipment for law enforcement personnel, local hazardous materials personnel, and fire services and emergency medical services personnel.

Today’s awards represent the Administration’s continuing support of state and local emergency first responders through ODP’s State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program and the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Program.  An attached chart includes specific award amounts for each of the recipients.   

For more information on the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) and other OJP programs, please see OJP's Website at:  Media calls should be directed to David Hess in OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.


Department of Justice

Office of Justice Programs

Office for Domestic Preparedness


Awards to Cities and States to Bolster Domestic Preparedness and Combat Terrorism







DOJ Program


Award Amount


San Bernardino, California


City of San Bernardino


Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program for Cities




Jersey City, New Jersey


City of Jersey City


Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program for Cities




New Mexico


New Mexico Department of Public Safety


State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program






Texas Engineering Extension Service


State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program