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For Immediate Release
September 06, 2016

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Announces $10 Million Grant to Support Emergency Services Dispatching

Program Will Support County Operations of Public Safety Answering Points


The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) today announced that a total of $10 million in grants have been awarded to localities across the State to support emergency response operations. These grant funds, administered by DHSES, will allow municipalities in 57 counties and the City of New York to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations.

 

The funding is administered by DHSES through the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) Operations Grant. Public safety facilities, known as PSAPs, receive incoming calls for help and initiate dispatching of emergency services. Throughout New York State, counties provide the majority of 911 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate the services among municipal, county and State responders. The annual grant allows for State reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. All counties and the City of New York can apply to receive grant funds, and all chose to participate in the program this year.

 

The grant not only helps county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text messaging, data communication and improved geo-location for emergency response.

 

DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville said, “The PSAP Operations Grant has provided $48 million to New York counties since the program’s inception in 2010, and these funds play a vital role in helping our communities upgrade their emergency communications capabilities. This multimillion dollar program has already allowed numerous counties to begin upgrading equipment to support next-generation 911 technologies including text messaging to 911, and our goal remains to assist counties with implementing this advanced technology over time.”

This grant is a non-competitive, formula-based grant.  Monies are distributed among participating counties based on statistics reflective of a county’s operational scope, demographic factors, and emergency services call metrics. By participating in the program, counties affirm their adherence with State and national guidelines for emergency communications.

The $10 million available for the program is allocated as follows:

County

Award Amount

 

County

Award Amount

Albany

$222,070

 

Niagara

$174,498

Allegany

$181,551

 

Oneida

$182,873

Broome

$192,568

 

Onondaga

$188,364

Cattaraugus

$177,254

 

Ontario

$170,810

Cayuga

$173,311

 

Orange

$156,854

Chautauqua

$185,422

 

Orleans

$134,049

Chemung

$192,584

 

Oswego

$179,865

Chenango

$166,657

 

Otsego

$164,201

Clinton

$142,066

 

Putnam

$124,811

Columbia

$151,710

 

Rensselaer

$193,544

Cortland

$154,339

 

Rockland

$175,641

Delaware

$162,103

 

Saratoga

$126,529

Dutchess

$147,028

 

Schenectady

$172,058

Erie

$200,972

 

Schoharie

$144,715

Essex

$170,972

 

Schuyler

$163,084

Franklin

$170,493

 

Seneca

$172,597

Fulton

$213,816

 

St. Lawrence

$189,066

Genesee

$187,497

 

Steuben

$190,105

Greene

$146,033

 

Suffolk

$179,649

Hamilton

$128,970

 

Sullivan

$154,978

Herkimer

$194,498

 

Tioga

$147,475

Jefferson

$205,628

 

Tompkins

$150,076

Lewis

$184,555

 

Ulster

$155,526

Livingston

$205,512

 

Warren

$173,608

Madison

$173,644

 

Washington

$178,799

Monroe

$214,772

 

Wayne

$175,335

Montgomery

$174,345

 

Westchester

$158,487

Nassau

$159,969

 

Wyoming

$153,848

New York City

$213,108

 

Yates

$175,108

About DHSES

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and its four offices -- Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -- provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit dhses.ny.gov.

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