JCC, City of Williamsburg Receive Homeland Security Grants

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Freight trains travel this railroad track along Richmond Road. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
Freight trains travel this railroad track along Richmond Road. (Kirsten Petersen/WYDaily)

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management formally announced the recipients of $6.5 million in homeland security grants, which include James City County and the City of Williamsburg, earlier this month.

James City County has received $18,420 to support citizen preparedness through the JCC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), $22,500 for shelter assessments and $42,500 for an interregional rail emergency plan.

The City of Williamsburg has received $31,998 to support its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Kathleen Hale, manager of the JCC fire department’s emergency management division, said the shelter assessments will allow the county to get feedback on potential shelter sites from engineers.

The interregional rail emergency plan grant will allow the county to work with New Kent County to devise a plan for future rail emergencies, Hale said.

The county has also received two Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance grants, one valued at $40,000 for the shelter assessments and one valued at $25,000 for the interregional rail emergency plan.

The James City County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the grant funds during its November regular meeting.