WINDHAM - The Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency has announced a total of $159,926.52 in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security for equipment and projects across Cumberland County.
The purpose of the award is to improve the county’s preparedness and response capabilities for Homeland Security related events. A quarter of the award is earmarked to support regional capabilities and the remainder is apportioned, via competitive grant application, to eligible applicants within the county - usually cities and towns - to support members of the first responder community. Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, 911 Centers, and other entities receive the funds to address planning, training, exercising and equipment needs.
CCEMA Director Jim Budway released the full list on Thursday. Budway said that the funds are provided at no cost to the county or its sub-recipients, and will go a long way towards safeguarding lives and property in Homeland Security related events.
Regional projects include funding for the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center to purchase Computer Messaging Software, and funding for the County EMA to purchase a Video Teleconferencing System for its Emergency Operations Center. The County EMA will also receive funds to support Emergency Response Teams and an annual Sheltering Exercise. The Presumpscot Valley HazMat Decontamination Support Team, which serves several communities in the Greater Portland Region, will receive funds to purchase a Joint Chemical Agent Detector and support operations.
The full list of grant awardees includes: