The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is allocating $93.2 million in annual port security grants to protect against, mitigate and respond to terrorist attacks.
The port grants represent a small portion of $1.5 billion in preparedness grants awarded to states, cities, and towns by DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency, said a release.
Port authorities, facility operators and state and local government agencies are eligible for the port security grants, which can be used for risk management programs, domain awareness, training, detection technologies, physical barriers, security cards for transport workers and other protective investments.
The eight highest risk port regions, such as New York-New Jersey, Long Beach-Los Angeles and the Delaware Bay, were eligible to compete for $53 million, while smaller port regions split the remainder of the funding. Congress two years ago also consolidated separate grant programs under a single management, putting port security in competition with six other grant categories, including transit security, emergency management, and state homeland security, said the release.