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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Port Fourchon uses Port Security Funds to build Emergency Operation Center

Port Fourchon uses Port Security Funds to build Emergency Operation Center

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., the Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2015 includes $100 million for Port Security Grants. The bill passed the committee Thursday.

“I’m committed to keeping our ports open for business. Port Fourchon provides vital supplies and services 90 percent of the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore deepwater oil platforms that produce the energy we need to keep our cars moving and our economy growing. Port Fourchon plays a critical role in our energy economy and our national security. This funding will help keep Port Fourchon strong and growing and protect our national energy interests," Sen. Landrieu said.

Greater Lafourche Port Commission Executive Director Chett Chiasson said, “"We've used the grants to fund our Emergency Operation Center that lets us collaborate and prepare for emergencies with first responders, private and public groups. Port Fourchon is a model for emergency preparedness. Sen. Landrieu has been critical in Port Fourchon receiving these grants and we appreciate her leadership on homeland security and providing resources for this infrastructure critical to our energy port."

Port Security Grants can cover, but are not limited to, hiring contractors, training, security exercises, supplies and security expenses.