Tampa Bay area agencies will get $8 million in anti-terror help from Homeland Security

TAMPA — Bay area law enforcement and emergency management agencies will receive nearly $8 million as a part of the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks, Rep. Kathy Castor announced Tuesday.

In Hillsborough County, the money will go to the Sheriff's Office, police agencies, fire rescue and emergency management.

The Tampa Police Department intends to use its share to update its radio and communications systems for emergency contact with other agencies.

Castor's office said Florida is also receiving:

• $2.2 million to Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Hialeah and Fort Lauderdale to enable them to respond to a mass casualty.

• $34.1 million to prevent and recover from terrorist or other catastrophic events.

• $630,795 to engage residents in community preparedness, response and recovery activities.

Tampa Bay area agencies will get $8 million in anti-terror help from Homeland Security 06/17/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:01am]

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