The Port of Redwood City has received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant that will enable it to conduct maritime security training and exercise planning to remain compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and to protect port personnel, property and cargo. The aim of the training is to build up to a full-scale exercise, one that tests the port's ability to react to incidents such as breaches of security or natural disasters.
The grant will also help develop a port-wide business and continuity/resumption of trade plan that would enable the port to resume critical economic functions in the event of a major disaster. The plan acts as a roadmap, allowing the port to resume operations in a timely, safe and efficient manner, thereby reducing negative impacts to the regional and local economy.
The grant was for $125,000, and requires the port to kick in $41,666. Accepting this grant from the Federal Department of Homeland Security will assist the port in satisfying various state/federal security and emergency response requirements by providing the port with the much needed funds to conduct training, exercise planning and business continuity planning.