DeKalb Emergency Management District Approved For Homeland Security Grant

March 29, 2007
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Emergency Management District has been approved for a Homeland Security Grant for 911 Mapping Software.

Brad Mullinax, DeKalb County ECD Director, says \"The software will allow us to update and correct map errors on a more frequent basis, assist with the county Reverse 911 system, and assist with many regional projects in the Upper Cumberland Region.\"

Mullinax says \"Our agency will be able to provide emergency responders with more accurate map of emergency incidents. The grant is 100% funded by the Department of Homeland Security with no local match funds.\"

In a letter to Mullinax, Corey Gruber, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Grants and Training for Homeland Security, writes, \" I am pleased to inform you that your application submitted under the fiscal year 2006 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program has been approved. Through CEDAP, your agency will receive the ArcGIS Geographic Information System Software Package.\"

\"CEDAP provides emergency response agencies with the equipment and technology they need to fulfill their homeland security mission. It is an important component of a larger, coordinated effort to strengthen our Nation's overall preparedness baseline. CEDAP's primary focus is to enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications in jurisdictions ineligible to receive assistance under the DHS Urban Areas Security Initiative.\"

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