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Emergency Operations Center Technology Improvements Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $40,141)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars.

Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The city of Moorhead and the county of Clay are in a disparate arrangement and will share the Recovery Act JAG award. The Moorhead Police Department will serve as the fiscal agent. They will address the lack of common radio frequencies that impacts the ability of multiple agencies to quickly and effectively communicate with each other during a disaster. In order to facilitate communication, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has to maintain one radio labeled with each agency's name in a radio bank. The Moorhead Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Office will purchase dual band portable radios that can be distributed to the different agencies who come to assist during a major emergency or disaster. This will allow inter-agency communication and greatly reduce the chances of missed or delayed connections that could lead to unintended or even tragic consequences.


Date Created: August 10, 2009