By Skagit Valley Herald Staff, February 5, 2013, Go Skagit
The Port of Anacortes and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office have received Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to augment their security.
According to a news release Monday from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen’s office, a $475,000 grant for the Port of Anacortes will fund surveillance equipment, security vehicles and security lighting.
Another $468,400 will go to the Sheriff’s Office for software that helps operations between agencies and provides intelligence analysis.
The grants were rescinded in October 2012 but recently extended through 2013, the release states.
“Our ports are vital economic and recreational assets that Northwest Washington businesses and residents depend on every day,” Larsen said in the release. “These grants will help the ports invest in security and safety that will translate directly into economic benefits in our communities.”
Ports in Island and San Juan counties also received grant money to update security and fire protection, and police agencies in Snohomish County secured funds for police boats and navigational aids.