CIVIL DEFENSE GETS $300,000 BOOST IN FUNDING

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE February 27, 2002

AS PART OF OVER $500,000 IN FEDERAL GRANTS
AWARDED GOVERNMENT OF GUAM

Congressman Robert A. Underwood today announced that the Government of Guam Office of Civil Defense has been awarded $328,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Domestic Preparedness.

The funding will be used to purchase basic defense first responder equipment, consisting of personal protective equipment, chemical and biological detection and decontamination equipment, and specialized communication equipment, Underwood said.

The funds from the grant will also be used to develop a two-year territory-wide domestic preparedness strategy and conduct an island-wide assessment of first responder needs and capabilities, Underwood said.

The Justice Department also awarded a $240,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Community Gun Violence Program, which will allow additional assistant prosecutors to be hired.

Under the grant requirements, Guam is eligible for four additional prosecutors dedicated to prosecuting firearm-related violence matters for a three-year period.

The additional prosecutors will benefit the island tremendously in light of the ever-dwindling number of prosecutors at the Attorney General's Office, and the increasing number of gun-related crimes on Guam.

"This is good news for Guam and the funds are certainly welcome," the Congressman said. "The Government of Guam is to be commended for having successfully justified the need and winning these grants."

For additional information: Joseph E. Duenas Office of Congressman Robert A. Underwood, M.C. Guam District Office 120 Father Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, Guam 96910 Phone: (671) 477-4272 Fax: (671) 477-2587

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