LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined with the Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority members to announce $11.4 million in federal funds for a regional nuclear and radiological detection system.
"My primary mission is to keep Los Angeles safe. We must be prepared for every contingency," Mayor Garcetti said. "By creating a detection halo around our region, we'll get an early warning of threats which will accelerate response times and could help stop an attack before it begins."
Known as the "Securing the Cities" program, the grant will be used to purchase equipment to create a nuclear and radiological detection ring around the L.A. area. The grant will also create the Southern California Radiological Intake Center which will collect and analyze data and coordinate a regional response. The center will be located in the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center. The LA/Long Beach region may be awarded up to $30 million for the program over the next five years.
“The Securing the Cities program will allow us to better support and unite efforts already underway, increasing cooperation and coordination across federal, state, and local agencies," said Dr. Huban Gowadia, Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Los Angeles Securing the Cities program is a collaborative effort between the following agencies:
- Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
- Los Angeles Police Department
- Los Angeles Fire Department
- Los Angeles Port Police Department
- Los Angeles World Airports Police Division
- Long Beach Police Department
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Los Angeles County Fire Department
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Orange County Sheriff’s Department
- California Highway Patrol
"In the event of a catastrophic incident, it will take the combined effort of all of us to respond and recover," Mayor Garcetti said. "By working together, we have increased our capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and natural disasters."