Almost a year after Boston promised to deliver nearly $4 million in homeland security equipment and training to help protect eight surrounding cities against a terrorist attack or other disaster, the communities are ll waiting for three-fourths of it, reports the Boston Globe. Still, Boston is set to get even more federal money next year. The money was designated to help protect police, firefighters, EMTs, and victims in the event of an attack or disaster at a sensitive facility.
One city without funding is Everett, where a report last week described the devastation likely to follow an attack on the city’s liquefied natural gas tanker port. Public safety officials from other communities say Boston’s failure to distribute all the equipment and to fund training leaves them vulnerable as well. The head of Boston’s homeland security agency blamed the lapse on preparations for the Democratic National Convention in July, which he said used time and resources that might have been directed elsewhere.