In hometowns across the country, Americans are working together to build a secure and resilient homeland. Joining the heroic men and women on the frontlines and our dedicated counterterrorism and emergency management professionals in communities from coast to coast, are strong partners– from federal, state, and local agencies to faith and community groups to members of the private sector – who join with DHS every day to make our country stronger, safer, and more resilient.
Below are examples of some of these remarkable partnerships.
The Red Cross
In October 2010,FEMA and the Red Cross signed a memorandum of agreement outlining the framework to jointly lead the planning and coordination of mass care services in a disaster – strengthening and expanding the resources available to help shelter, feed, provide emergency first aid and deliver supplies to survivors. Watch the video by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern discussing the partnership.
ShakeOut began in 2008 as the Great Southern California ShakeOut, an effort by scientists and emergency managers to inform the public about earthquake preparedness. It was the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history at the time with a total of 5.4 million participants. Since then, ShakeOut has reached more and more people every year.
In 2011, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium teamed up with FEMA, participating states, and several other organizations including the United States Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut - the largest-ever, multi-state public earthquake drill held in the U.S. Many other government agencies, businesses, organizations and community groups participated in the ShakeOut as well.
In April, Secretary Napolitano and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, students, school officials and other state and local officials – along with millions of Americans across 11 states – to participate in the 2011 public earthquake drill and emphasize the importance of being prepared.
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
In September 2009, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and FEMA’s Citizen Corps partnered to develop the Emergency Preparedness Patch Program (PDF, 25 pages - 1.14 MB) designed to engage Girl Scouts and their families in personal preparedness for all emergencies. Activities required to receive the patch include identifying and preparing for potential emergencies, learning about local alerts and warning systems, and engaging in community service.
Secretary Napolitano and Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger unveiled the patch and announced a new affiliation between DHS Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts to advance community preparedness nationwide.
Minor League Baseball
Since 2004, FEMA's Ready Campaign has partnered with Citizen Corps and Minor League Baseball™ to help spread the importance of emergency preparedness to baseball fans at stadiums nationwide. Ten Minor League Baseball stadiums have partnered with FEMA to broadcast Ready's Public Service Advertisements, distribute brochures and host trainings for emergency preparedness.
The Ready Campaign is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) represents state and provincial members in the U.S. and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. In December 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) partnered with AAMVA to promote "Do the Right Thing - Stop Document and Identity Fraud," an outreach campaign to identify and prevent corruption at department of motor vehicles (DMV) facilities. The primary goal of the campaign is to educate DMV employees, law enforcement and the public about the seriousness of fraud schemes.
ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Identity and Benefit Fraud Unit works to identify, disrupt and dismantle document fraud operations.
Community College Partners of TSA's Associate Degree Program
Forty-six community colleges nationwide have partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on its Associate’s Degree Program, which provides funding for TSA officers to take courses toward obtaining a college degree. Over 1,800 TSA officers have enrolled in the national program, which is currently being offered in 56 airports and 36 states nationwide. Read about TSA's recent partnership with St. Louis Community College.
Anne Arundel County Hazmat and Special Operations Station
The Anne Arundel County Hazmat and Special Operations Unit of Arnold, MD, collaborates with the Coast Guard Yard Fire Department of Baltimore, MD, to cross train each other's crews to determine the best rescue practices.
Glassboro, East Greenwich and Franklin Township Police Department
Members of the Glassboro, East Greenwich and Franklin Township Police Departments of New Jersey participate in joint training exercises with aircrews from the Coast Guard Air Station in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to familiarize K-9 teams with riding in helicopters for homeland security missions ranging from criminal apprehension to search and rescue.
The fusion centers located throughout the country serve as focal points for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners. Fusion centers are uniquely situated to empower front-line law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure protection, and private sector security personnel to understand local implications of national intelligence, thus enabling local officials to better protect their communities.
San Diego Police Department
Representatives of the San Diego Police Department along with representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations launched an outreach campaign to educate teens about the dangers of drug smuggling. To date, ICE has made presentations in 27 locations, including community centers, high schools, middle schools and charter schools. The Border Patrol, in collaboration with local and state law enforcement agencies, also educates teens in U.S. border towns about the dangers of participating in smuggling activities through Operation Detour.
Chief James Spurgeon
Police Chief James Spurgeon of the Cocopah Tribe near Yuma, Arizona has forged numerous partnerships with the Border Patrol on homeland security initiatives. In 2009, the Cocopah Indian Nation and the Border Patrol’s Yume Sector, along with the FBI and the Arizona Gang Intelligence Immigration Team Enforcement Mission task force, sponsored " Operation Safe Streets" - a national multiagency gang awareness training conference, for more than 250 law enforcement officers representing seven states and 44 agencies.
In 2009, Spurgeon was named Police Chief of the Year by the National Native American Law Enforcement Association.
“The Border Patrol greatly appreciates the unified effort between our agency and the Cocopah Tribal Police,” said Carlos Dominguez, Border Patrol tribal liaison for the Yuma Sector.
Border Patrol agents work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement officers. Operating in rural or remote locations, they are often the first on the scene of an accident or are called upon to assist during routine police work.
Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Alicia Welch
Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Alicia Welch developed a pilot program for the Los Angeles Police Department to improve emergency preparedness for families of first responders.
FEMA joined forces with Welch to package the “Ready Responder” pilot materials into user-friendly materials that are available online at Ready.gov. The program was launched in September.
DHS Initiatives / Broad Partnerships
Partners from Cyber Storm III
In September 2010, DHS hosted Cyber Storm III, a three-day exercise that brings together a diverse cross-section of the nation’s cyber incident responders – including participation from 13 countries, 11 states and seven federal agencies – to simulate a large-scale cyber attack on critical infrastructure across the nation. DHS works with a number of partners across the private sector, as well as on the state, federal, and international levels to protect our nation’s cybersecurity. Participants in Cyber Storm III included:
- 60 private companies, including representatives from the sectors of Banking and Finance, Chemical, Communications, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Information Technology, Nuclear, Transportation, and Water Sectors.
- The states of California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
- Federal agencies, including Defense, Commerce, Energy, Justice, Treasury and Transportation, as well as representatives from the intelligence and law enforcement communities.
"If You See Something, Say Something™" Campaign Partners
The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign, a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism-related crime and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities, has been launched in partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League, the Mets, Indianapolis 500, more than 9,000 federal buildings protected by the Federal Protective Service, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, venues and stadiums across the country that are owned or affiliated with AEG Worldwide, Walmart, the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the general aviation industry, Washington State Ferries and state and major urban area fusion centers across the country.
Originally used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the campaign was licensed to DHS to launch nationwide. For a full list of campaign partners, visit www.dhs.gov/IfYouSeeSomethingSaySomething.
Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign Partners
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) America have recently partnered with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign, which is providing tools and resources to help raise awareness among teens, young adults and parents about the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. Read more about Stop.Think.Connect.™.
Duffy the Dog and DHS’ Canines
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist Peter De Souza and his canine, Duffy, have made over 12,000 seizures of prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants and meat products, preventing the entry of goods including fruit fly-infested fruit and Giant African Snails at the port of San Francisco.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also deploys canine teams to screen air cargo at the nation’s highest cargo volume airports and provide explosives detection capabilities in the aviation, mass transit, and maritime transportation sectors. The TSA National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program has grown from 200 in 2001 to 900 teams in 2011.