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December 12, 2008

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Rockland receives $1 million grant for terrorism preparedness efforts

NEW CITY – Rockland County has been awarded over $1 million from the State Homeland Security Program to support preparedness efforts in the event of terrorist attacks.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency provides the funding.

County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said the funding will support planning, training and exercises associated with preparedness and prevention activities in the case of a terrorist event. 

“Preparedness is key to effective response to emergency events. We, as a county, continue to hold training sessions and drills so we are prepared in the case of any emergency situation. This grant will help us be vigilant and ready to protect our residents against any type of terrorist threat,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.  “Our top priority is to keep our residents safe.”

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department submitted an application for funding in October. 

The Sheriff’s Department, Office of Fire & Emergency Services, Health Department and EMS will utilize the funds.  Twenty-five-percent of the total grant will be used by law enforcement agencies in the county.

Funds will also cover personal protective equipment for law enforcement agencies, along with reimbursement for holding training sessions.

"The continued vigilance against terrorist attacks is a must,” said Sheriff James Kralik.  “The best way to be vigilant is to work in total cooperation with all law enforcement agencies in Rockland County to ensure success."


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