Help Burlington County Demand Our Fair Share of Federal Security Funding

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Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs is urging first responders and concerned residents in the Philadelphia region to join our fight to correct this dangerous and unjust situation.

For more than 15 years, the cumulative population and risk assessment of Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties has been used to help the Philadelphia region secure millions of dollars of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding, yet the program has not made South Jersey residents any safer.

It is outrageous that Burlington County is within the region’s security zone, yet the City of Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs are not sharing any of the millions of dollars they receive each year with us or other counties in South Jersey. For too long our residents have been treated like second-class citizens.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress developed the Urban Area Security Initiative to provide funding and support to the highest risk urban areas throughout the country. In 2017, the Philadelphia Area UASI, a region comprised primarily of counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, received nearly $18 million. Despite Burlington County being home to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, an international defense company, and its role as a major evacuation zone for Philadelphia, the county did not receive any of the funding. Equally as troubling, the county has not received any funding and has not had a seat at the table since the beginning of the program.

It’s hard to imagine that South Jersey’s population and threat level could be used to further protect residents in another state. This issue has become even more critical as the county continually invests in our emergency communications system, which is critical to the safety and well-being of every man, woman, and child.

Please join our fight now and make your voice heard!

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