Pueblo D70 to upgrade security with help of $1.1 million state grant

Pueblo County School District 70 has been awarded nearly $1.1 million in grant funds by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), which will be used to upgrade emergency communications systems in several schools.

Pueblo D70 was one of seven school districts in Colorado to receive funds through the 2022 School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, and its award will be used to upgrade existing emergency communication systems at 16 of 22 schools within the district.

Since 2008, the district has used a public safety network of two-way radios for communication between district staff and emergency responders. Once upgraded systems are placed into buildings, SAFER funds also will support a training in crisis program for district staff and emergency responders.

Schools receiving upgrades to communication systems in Pueblo D70 are to be announced in the future, according to spokesperson Lynnette Bonfiglio.

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