WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been made available to Cuyahoga County Public Safety & Justice Services and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to strengthen port security in Cleveland and Toledo, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today. The funds will be awarded from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
“The Cleveland and Toledo ports are gateways to our state. They sustain billions of dollars of commerce, support good-paying jobs, and are critical to Ohio’s economic success,” Brown said. “Strengthening the security procedures at the Cleveland and Toledo ports is vital for ensuring the safety and security of northern Ohio. These new federal resources will help Cuyahoga and Lucas County authorities ensure preparedness in the event of a terror attack and improve overall port security.”
According to FEMA, the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides funding for transportation infrastructure security activities to implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and facility security plans among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services. The program is aimed at supporting increased port-wide risk management, enhanced domain awareness, training and exercises, expansion of port recovery and resiliency capabilities, and further capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other non-conventional weapons.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security PGSP awarded $1,000,140 to Cuyahoga County Public Safety & Justice Services and $1,026,965 to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.