“I’m pleased that FEMA has granted Alabama’s first responders this vital funding,” Shelby said. “In this post 9/11 world, we must ensure that the people who are first to respond to acts of terror and disasters have the most up-to-date materials and training they need. This funding will significantly boost the preparedness of our firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel.”
These funds will go towards updating state and local plans and procedures to respond to all hazards, with a focus on weapons of mass destruction. The updated plans will help address a common incident command system, mutual aid agreements, resource typing and standards, interoperability protocols, critical infrastructure protection, and continuity of operations for state and local governments. This grant will also help local governments develop the comprehensive plans needed to outline the specific roles for all first responders in responding to terrorist incidents and other disasters.