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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced major investments to bolster security around the Puget Sound region. The funding, which will be used to increase port and transit security, was included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act and awarded on a competitive basis around the country.

“As we continue working to boost the economy and create jobs, it is so important that our ports remain safe, secure and open for business,” said Senator Murray. “With millions of containers passing through our ports each year, and with thousands of good paying jobs on the line, these grants are critical to ensuring that proper training methods and technology are being employed to protect our ports from attacks.

As a senior member of the Budget and Appropriations committees, Senator Murray fought to secure funding for necessary programs to keep our communities, ports and transportation systems safe.

A full breakdown of the funding appears below:   

Port Security – $20,203,798

Ports in the Puget Sound will receive over $20 million in grants for critical port security infrastructure that will help protect the port from terrorism. The funding will help ports enhance their risk management capabilities, training and exercises, and capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons.  Port Security grants were a critical element of Sen. Murray’s SAFE Port Act and has provided support to vulnerable ports across the country.

Transit Security – $2,604,894

Puget Sound transit authorities will receive grants to protect critical infrastructure and travelers from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.   

Buffer Zone – $2,500,000
The Buffer Zone Protection Program provides grants to build security and risk management capabilities to secure critical infrastructure sites including chemical facilities, financial institutions, nuclear and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, and other high-risk/high-consequence facilities.

Driver’s License Security – $1,098, 276

Funding from the Driver’s License Security Grants is meant to prevent terrorism by reducing fraud and increasing and improving the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by states and territories. These grants are intended to address a key recommendation made by the 9/11 commission to improve the security of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Emergency Communications – $1,067,000

The Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program provides planning, training and exercise funding to states, territories, local and tribal governments to perform initiatives to improve emergency communications including collective response to natural disasters and acts of terrorism.