10.15.09

Schiff, Chu Help Secure Funds For New Emergency Operations Center in Monterey Park

Official Seal of the US House of Representatives

Thursday, October 15, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Schiff, Chu Help Secure Funds For New Emergency Operations Center in Monterey Park

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2892), which included funding Representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu helped secure to help build a new Public Safety and Emergency Operations Center in Monterey Park. The bill is expected to pass the Senate in the coming days and then will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

“In the event of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, it is imperative that law enforcement and first responders have the resources they need coordinate an efficient and effective response,” said Schiff.  “The Monterey Park Emergency Operations Center is vital to helping first responders keep our communities safe.”

“The Monterey Park emergency operations center will allow the City to meet the demands of a growing urban community and will enhance the delivery of daily public safety services and allow for a high level of coordinated efforts during times of natural or manmade disasters” said Chu.

The bill will provide $375,000 for the construction of a new Public Safety and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Monterey Park. The City's current Emergency Operations Center is located in City Hall and has severe space constraints that limit the functionality of the Center. The new EOC will provide the space and equipment necessary to respond to major emergencies. The center will house communication equipment, which will fully interface with Los Angeles County and other municipalities.