May 16 2008

Shelby Announces Nearly $3 Million for Mobile Port Security

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded $2,950,256 for port security in Mobile, Alabama, from its Port Security Grant Program (PSGP).   

“During this time of heightened threats to the U.S. homeland, we must do all we can to ensure that our ports are not vulnerable to attack,” said Shelby.  “We have a plan in place to protect our infrastructure and thwart potential terrorist threats.  This critical grant will provide the Alabama Department of Homeland Security the resources necessary to protect one of our state’s greatest assets, the 11th largest port in the United States.  We must be prepared to protect the Port of Mobile in the event of a major disaster or other emergency.”

The PSGP supports sustainable, risk-based efforts to enhance access control and credentialing, protect against an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and other non-conventional attacks, and conduct exercises for disaster-response scenarios.