New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces $6.5 million in funding for mapping of all state schools

TRENTON, NJ (WPVI) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced $6.5 million in funding for a statewide school safety initiative to collect and digitize blueprints for school buildings.

The money will be used to map the schools to create Collaborative Response Graphics for emergency first aid.

Currently, CRGs exist for about half of the state’s 3,000 public and private schools.

“As the gun violence epidemic reaches every part of our communities, including our schools, we don’t offer our families empty promises, but tangible investments in tools and resources that keep our students safe,” Murphy said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our children and the educators who help our children reach their full potential. To protect our children and educators, we must equip our first responders with the most advanced 21st century technology so they can respond to emergencies without undue delay.”

Murphy visited East Brook Middle School to announce the initiative, which he says will help the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the New Jersey State Police map the remaining 1,500 schools.

The first day for New Jersey public schools is Thursday, September 8th.

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