The city of Sandy Springs was awarded several grants in recent weeks.
The Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department received $38,000 in federal assistance to support the implementation of a program known as Project STOP, which is aimed at reducing the greatest and most common fire hazard facing the community — cooking fires. The department will promote fire prevention and safety education through visits to seniors and children, as well as install safety equipment during the site visits.
The fire department also received $2,240 for a hazard mitigation grant through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. In the aftermath of the severe weather and storms Sandy Springs has experienced, the city will utilize funds to purchase and distribute National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at critical facilities within the community. Those radios are essential to develop an integrated community warning system.
The Sandy Springs Police Department received a Project Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang grant for $30,000. That initiative is aimed at creating safer neighborhoods by reducing gang and gun violence and crime.
The Georgia Urban Forestry Commission awarded the city $20,000 through the 2009 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The program is designed to encourage communities to create and support long-term and sustained urban and community forestry programs throughout Georgia. Funding will be utilized to complete a tree inventory, assessment and survey of Lost Corner Preserve — Sandy Springs’ newest park that can be used to educate the community about the benefits of urban forests.