By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The Apple Valley Fire Protection District and the Town of Apple Valley have agreed to use a $20,267 Homeland Security Grant to upgrade and replace numerous pieces of technology and equipment that will increase readiness and communication in the local Emergency Operations Center.
Funds from the Homeland Security Grant Program are distributed through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to various law enforcement, fire and local government entities based on population.
Grant funds can only be used for supplies used to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to or recover from threats, hazards, and acts of terrorism. To fulfill that purpose, both agencies have agreed to purchase, and be reimbursed for, a number of items.
New laptops will provide staff who are working in the EOC the ability to communicate and create documents on-site. They will also serve as a training tool for EOC responders.
Office phones will be provided to each section within the EOC so they can communicate with outside entities. EOC signage and vests will replace items that are worn out, missing or outdated. Two new cameras will be used to document disaster sites. A computer storage cart and power supplies will provide a housing unit for the laptops, phones and cameras.
“The Blue Cut fire we experienced a couple of summers ago illustrated how fortunate we are to have well-trained staff and community volunteers to respond to an emergency,” said Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop. “Upgrading and adding additional equipment for our Emergency Operations Center will ensure we are as prepared as possible for any future threats or hazards.”
All equipment will be purchased through the Emergency Preparedness Department budget and be reimbursed by the grant program. No local matching funds are required.
For more information visit http://ReadyAppleValley.org.