LISBON - The Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency's joint effort with other five counties to seek federal Homeland Security grant money resulted in nearly $300,000 being awarded for three projects.
EMA Director Luke Newbold reported Friday they were notified the following projects had been selected for funding:
This was among the seven projects submitted for funding consideration, which totaled $5.58 million. This included $3.5 million for a countywide system of 32 warning sirens and $1.7 million to expand MARCS, a radio system used solely for law enforcement agencies to communicate with each other.
Newbold intends to begin approaching companies involved in the oil and gas boom underway in the county and asking for donations to help pay for the siren system, "to give our citizens the best chance at protection" in case of an accident.
The county decided to take this joint approach because the amount of Homeland Security money allocated for counties has been dropping in recent years and the grant application process has become more competitive. Newbold and the other counties felt they stood a better chance of getting projects funded in larger amounts by joining together instead of applying for the limited funding separately.
Newbold thanked Deanna Danver and Julie Dunlap, who are in charge of emergency preparedness at Salem Community Hospital and East Liverpool City Hospital, respectively, for their help with preparing the generator portion of the grant application. He also thanked East Liverpool Fire Chief Bill Jones and Don Kemp, who is in charge of EMA's communications, for also assisting.