PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/3/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:080317C
Subject:
City of Long Beach and Region Awarded Counter-Terrorism Grant
Contact:
Reginald Harrison, Director
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
562.570.9250
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov




The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding a $1,223,225 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program) grant to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative to enhance security and build capacity for jurisdictions to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation.

“The safety of our citizens is our top priority so we are looking forward to putting the grant to good use," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "The support will allow us to create a stronger multi-agency coordinated plan against terror attacks.”

The CCTA Program grant is administered by the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative (LA/LB UASI), which is composed of agencies representing the City of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach and the County of Los Angeles. Its mission is to enhance regional preparedness for a major emergency or disaster by expanding regional collaboration for prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts.

“This grant will enhance our ability to create coordinated strategies within the region to identify gaps and update our counter terrorism plans,” said Long Beach Disaster Preparedness Director Reginald Harrison. We will focus on advancing whole community and regional partnerships as we develop training exercises.”

The LA/LB UASI application was one of almost 200 applications submitted nationwide and among 29 grants awarded. The LA/LB UASI (in collaboration with the Anaheim/Santa Ana UASI), and San Bernardino County were the only two California grant recipients.

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