The City of Lubbock has received a $280,000 grant from the Office of Domestic Preparedness.
The funding is available under the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program. This program provides money for the purchase of specialized training equipment for hazardous materials (Haz Mat), fire services, law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Lubbock is one of the nation's 120 cities identified in the federal 1997 Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction act. This is also known as the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act, and it required the Department of Defense to develop a program to provide training and advice to federal, state, and local agencies regarding response to a weapon of mass destruction incident or threat.
The 120 Nunn-Lugar-Domenici cities are all U.S. cities with a population of more than 144,000 according to the 1990 census. These 120 cities represent about 22% of the U.S. population and cover at least one city in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
Twelve states and the U.S. territories have no cities in the program, and 25% of the cities are in California and Texas. There are 11 other Nunn-Lugar-Domenici cities in Texas, including Amarillo, Garland, Irving, Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, El Paso, Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.