NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Albany also kicks in on Island storm-resiliency projects

By GREGORY ZELLER // The City of Long Beach isn’t the only Long Island location gearing up for the next big blow – or battening its hatches with non-local government assistance. Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that more than $20 million was being funneled into storm-preparedness projects in Long Beach, including $18 million-plus earmarked for final engineering and construction of a “critical infrastructure flood-protection system.” While New York State’s Division of…


FEMA funnels $20M into Long Beach storm-prep efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than $20 million in federal funds will help protect the City of Long Beach against the next 100-year storm. Long Beach is receiving roughly $20.06 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency – including $1.6 million previously awarded for engineering and design work and roughly $18.48 million now reserved for final engineering and construction – for a “critical infrastructure flood-protection system.” The effort is designed to prevent flooding and otherwise…


Nassau, Suffolk earn emergency-comm funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau and Suffolk counties will receive millions in state funds to improve emergency communications between law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders. All told, more than $55 million in state grant funding is heading to New York City and counties around the state for the purpose of enhancing emergency communications, both within the individual jurisdictions and between jurisdictions in case of a large-scale crisis. The money will be used…


Nothing to fear, unless you’re a radiological terrorist

By GREGORY ZELLER // Pay no attention to that imposing fleet of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and New York State Naval Militia vessels massing off the East End. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants you to know that the sudden buildup of maritime forces – and the presence of some 100 personnel from 23 local, state and federal agencies, many specializing in radiological detection – is proactive, not reactive. Cuomo’s office on Wednesday announced the start…