The US Department of Homeland Security has granted $2.72 million to the Port of Long Beach to improve security and ensure the safe and efficient transportation of goods during emergency situations.
The Port of Long Beach will utilise funding from the agency’s Port Security Grant Program to upgrade its core security network, reinforce current security systems, and improve resiliency and business continuity in the event of a disaster.
The award announcement was hailed by officials as a chance to strengthen the port’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale calamities.
Long Beach Mayor, Rex Richardson, said: “The ports are the backbone of our local economy, and vital to the nation’s trade.
“By investing in our security measures, we are not only protecting the movement of valuable cargo but also securing the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on the port’s operations.”
US Representative, Robert Garcia, stated: “Ports are the economic engine of our community and our country. As mayor, I saw the threats we face and the importance of federal assistance. This funding will protect our community and our economy, and I will continue to go to bat for our unique needs.”
Port of Long Beach CEO, Mario Cordero, said: “This grant will strengthen our ability to protect the workforce and critical infrastructure responsible for moving cargo valued at more than $200 billion annually.
“We thank the Department of Homeland Security for helping enhance the security and resiliency of our operations in the event of an emergency.”
Long Beach Harbor Commission President, Sharon L. Weissman, added: “I would like to thank our federal partners for providing us with the funding to elevate our security measures and enhance our ability to detect and respond to threats within the port.
“This grant will help ensure the safe and reliable movement of goods and secure our position as a leader in trans-Pacific trade.”