By Mike Hohn, Associated Press Memphis, Tenn.
(AP) — Memphis, the largest city in Tennessee, has agreed to pay a $200 million to help the military and local police make sure all of its personnel have adequate supplies, a city spokesman said Wednesday.
The money will go toward paying for equipment such as water pumps and food storage.
It will be spent on food, clothing, ammunition and other essentials.
The cost of the work is expected to be around $50 million over five years, spokesman Mike Brown said.
Memphis Police Chief Steve Johnson says the city has to make sure it has the resources to respond quickly and to protect its residents and businesses.
“The department needs to be able to respond to emergencies, to respond fast to events that may arise,” Johnson said.
“I know that there are some of us who have seen the devastating impacts that these events can have on families, on communities.
We need to be prepared and ready to be the response to those challenges.”
The deal was signed Wednesday by Mayor Karl Dean, who is seeking re-election, and Mayor Jim Strickland, who has been running the city for more than a decade.
He said the city would also help police officers and firefighters to help them deal with the economic impact of the natural disasters and economic hardships.
Stricklland has said he has a “no compromise” approach to help local businesses.