San Mateo County may soon be a little more prepared for a major emergency.
The Sheriff’s Office has applied for a $2.5 million grant in the past from the Department of Homeland Security and received it each time.
The county already has a bevy of projects lined up to use the money, county Emergency Services Supervisor Bill O’Callahan said.
In the past, the county, which receives the money and disburses it to local agencies, has used the grants to create the SMC Alert system and Community Emergency Response Team training for residents, O’Callahan said.
The Board of Supervisors approved the request for the Sherriff’s Office at its meeting Tuesday.
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security set aside $37.2 million for the Bay Area under its 2008 Urban Areas Security Initiative, part of $1.8 billion in new grants offered nationwide this year. The county will get a small portion of that, but that is separate from the $2.5 million for which it has just applied.
Homeland-security dollars have helped San Mateo County purchase siren warnings for tsunami alerts, improved communications systems and an all-purpose emergency vehicle that resembles a tank, according to officials.
With much of its machinery needs addressed already, the county will focus on operational and communication projects in the future, according to officials. Requests for more personal ham radios and funding for the expansion of community emergency response teams are included in this year’s Super Urban Area Security Initiative request.
Examiner Staff Writer Mike Rosenberg contributed to this report.
Where the money from a homeland-security grant could go:
Source: San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services