FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DOJ

APRIL 1, 2002††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 202/307-0703




WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė The Justice Department announced today that Huntsville, Alabama will receive $310,000 to purchase specialized domestic preparedness training equipment for local hazardous materials, fire services, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel. The award is part of the Departmentís Nunn-Lugar-Domenici (NLD) Domestic Preparedness Program, and will allow the city to purchase personal protection, detection, and decontamination training equipment to help emergency responders prepare for terrorist attacks.

ďOur nationís emergency first responders must have adequate resources, training and support to respond to terrorist attacks.This program demonstrates this Administrationís commitment to provide resources and assistance to bolster the nationís preparedness,Ē said Attorney General John Ashcroft.ďThe Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Program combines equipment acquisition funds with a training and exercise component that comprehensively addresses the unique challenges facing this nationís cities in the fight against terrorism.Ē

†††††††††† In 1997, the NLD Program identified the nationís 120 largest cities as a priority to receive training, exercises and equipment funds to enhance their capacity to respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents.The program, now administered by the Departmentís Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), provides eligible jurisdictions with a tailored suite of training, exercises and equipment acquisition support to enhance their capacity to respond to incidents of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD).These funds represent the equipment component of the NLD initiative.

The NLD Program was operated by the Department of Defense (DoD) until October 1, 2000, when it was transferred to the Justice Department.DoD completed delivery of all program elements to 68 of the 120 cities and initiated, but did not complete, program activities in 37 additional cities.The Department of Justiceís ODP is completing delivery of remaining program activities in those 37 sites, and is providing a complete program to the last 15 cities.

The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) is the Justice Department's primary program office responsible for enhancing the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to respond to, and mitigate the consequences of, incidents of domestic terrorism.Since 1998, ODP has provided nearly $250 million in equipment grants to all 50 states, the territories and the District of Columbia, and has provided training to more than 80,000 emergency first responders.

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 OJPís Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.