Office of the Mayor-President


For release: IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 03/07/2017

City of Baton Rouge awarded $167,478 grant to enhance emergency communications

Office of Mayor-President
City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME
Mayor-President


March 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
JoAnne Moreau, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, (225) 389-2100
Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100
Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957


BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that the City of Baton Rouge has received $167,478 from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to enhance emergency management communications throughout the parish.

The State Homeland Security Grant Program includes 75 percent allocated for Public Safety Initiatives and 25 percent for Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities. The public safety allocation will be used to improve communications between the Parish Emergency Operations Center and Parish Municipalities, including Baton Rouge, Baker, Central and Zachary. Each municipality’s portion may be used to purchase equipment such as computers, electronic white boards, display monitors or conference call hardware.

The law enforcement portion may be used to purchase equipment such as portable radios or laptops. The grant will be administered through the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP).

“We’re excited to have these additional dollars to enhance our emergency operations response,” said Mayor Broome who also serves as the Chair of the Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee. “These grants will ultimately help make our community safer.”

Each municipality will work with MOHSEP to make sure their communications needs are met.
Officials say they are looking forward to a continued partnership.

For more information, call (225) 389-2100 or to www.redstickready.com.

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