Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

$2 Million to Prepare Region for Terrorism; Federal Money to Pay for Equipment, Training

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

$2 Million to Prepare Region for Terrorism; Federal Money to Pay for Equipment, Training

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Southeast Georgia police, fire and emergency agencies will share about $2 million in federal money for programs to help protect their communities from attacks by terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction.

The money is to be used for anti-terrorism and homeland security initiatives. The funds are part of a federal domestic preparedness grant program for homeland security, said Phillip Webber, chairman of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Area Five All Hazards Council.

The council includes emergency authorities from 12 counties: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne.

The main purpose of the homeland security grants is to provide first responders with the necessary equipment and training needed to deal with weapons of mass destruction, such as radioactive "dirty bombs" and chemical or biological agents, Webber said.

Webber said this is the second round of federal homeland security grants awarded to agencies in the region. In June, about $525,000 in similar money was awarded to departments throughout the region, said Bill Hitchens, director of Georgia's Office of Homeland Security. GEMA began notifying agencies earmarked to receive some of the money on Tuesday. In Southeast Georgia, 16 government entities or other emergency agencies will get anywhere from $2,000 to $530,000 for equipment.

"The council assessed homeland security needs on a regional basis, reviewed grant proposals from local governments in our 12-county area, and prioritized them," said Webber, who also is director of Chatham County's Emergency Management Agency.

Danny Daniels, chief of Camden County Fire and Rescue, said his department's $237,000 grant will buy equipment that can be used not only for handling weapons of mass destruction but also other mass-casualty emergencies in Camden and neighboring counties.

"Right now, we don't have the equipment we need to keep pace with the growth of demand placed on us, including special projects like the G-8 Summit," Daniels said.

World leaders are planning to come to Sea Island in June for the G-8 Summit. …

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