$28 Million in Homeland Security Funding for San Francisco
D.C. - Today House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced $28
million in new federal funding for San Franciscos terror response
and prevention efforts through the Department of Homeland Securitys
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). These funds include $26.5
million to help meet San Franciscos greatest security needs,
and an additional $2.4 million for the security of metropolitan
rail transit systems.
funds will help San Franciscos terror prevention and response
teams fortify our City against terrorist attack and improve their
ability to respond to such an occurrence, said Pelosi.
The UASI initiative
will distribute $725 million in 2004 Homeland Security funds throughout
the country. San Francisco received $26.5 million of these funds
to enhance its overall security and preparedness level and its ability
to respond to and recover from acts of terrorism. These funds were
awarded based on a formula accounting for various factors including
critical infrastructure, population density and credible threat
million was distributed to metropolitan rail transit authorities
nationwide to enhance the security of their assets and passengers.
Of these funds, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
will receive $1.6 million and San Francisco Caltrain will receive
$800,000 for the installation of barricades, area monitoring systems,
integrated communications systems and prevention planning, training
and exercises. The grant funds were distributed nationwide based
on the number of annual riders and overall track mileage of each
this further support from the Department of Homeland Security that
will go toward the safety of our community through funding training
exercises and buying equipment, said Gregg Lowder, Director
of the Mayors Office of Criminal Justice. The funding will
harden our critical infrastructures to protect San Francisco and
our outlying urban areas, keeping the citizens of San Francisco
and our visitors safe. The Mayors office of Criminal
Justice is collaborating with the Office of Emergency Communications
and the Office of Emergency Services to develop a strategic plan
under the UASI to protect us from terrorist attacks.
These new funds
are added to the $32 million previously awarded to San Francisco
in 2003 -- $22 million in the supplemental budget and $10.4 million
in the first round of UASI funding -- bringing San Franciscos
total homeland security funding to $60 million.
these funds represent a start, they fall far short of the commitment
the Administration must uphold to our men and women in uniform at
home -- our local firefighters, police and military personnel who
risk their lives every day, said Pelosi. Democrats in
Congress will continue fighting to ensure our first responders have
the funding, training and equipment they need to protect our communities
and respond to terrorist attacks.