This will support the expansion and enhancement of emergency services for the port's maritime and industrial operations.
Emergency operations center upgrades
With this funding, Port NOLA will invest in physical and technological upgrades to its emergency operations center, which serves as home base during hurricanes and other significant incidents. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase drones and to enhance the Harbor Police Department’s surveillance network.
Nearly $1.5m over two years
Last year the port received $514,964 in Port Security Grant funding from FEMA to upgrade technology at the Harbor Police Department's Maritime Security Operations Center, for a total of $1,462,244 in the past two years.
The Marine Security Operations Center provides surveillance and communications equipment necessary for operational coordination and critical information-sharing with the US Coast Guard and other public safety agencies. The upgraded system will be secure for the current threat landscape and adaptable to meet evolving security needs. New technologies also align with the cybersecurity priorities set by the USCG Sector New Orleans Captain of the Port.