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Wednesday, October 01, 2003


Iowa: Woodbury County receives $6 million homeland security grant

"The smile on Glenn Sedivy's face Thursday was almost as bright as the televison camera lights shining on him. Hearing that your county just received almost $6 million in federal money to improve what has been one of the biggest headaches for emergency responders will do that."

"'We've had several disasters in our community, and communications is always an issue,' Sedivy, director of the Woodbury County Communication Center, said at a press conference in the Woodbury County Courthouse."

"Earlier in the morning, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded Woodbury County one of 17 Interoperable Communications Technology grants. Despite the grant's big name, the concept is simple: emergency agencies in the three counties in the tri-state area will soon be able to communicate directly with each other, regardless of radio frequency, instead of relaying information through the communications center. The technology is also expected to eliminate radio dead spots, areas where radio signals can't be received because of the hilly terrain."

"Once the system is completed, it will serve as a demonstration site for other agencies nationwide to study and possibly implement themselves."



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