8/3/2018: Coast Guard, FEMA sign new Port Security Grant Program Memorandum of Understanding

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, left, and FEMA’s Mr. Thomas DiNanno.

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, and Mr. Thomas DiNanno, assistant administrator for FEMA’s grant programs, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding at Coast Guard Headquarters Aug. 2, 2018, to formalize each agency’s responsibilities relating to the administration of FEMA’s Port Security Grant Program.

The Port Security Grant Program was authorized in 2002 to assist port areas with meeting the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Act and to enhance preparedness to detect, deter and respond to terrorist attacks. To date, the Port Security Grant Program has distributed over $3.2 Billion in funding to facilities, port authorities, first responders and law enforcement agencies in port areas throughout the United States.

The Coast Guard serves as a partner to FEMA in the program by providing subject matter expertise in maritime security. The program is designed to support Area Maritime Security Plans and facility security plans to protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism. Eligible applicants include Port Authorities, public and private facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit FEMA’s website.

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