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August 19, 2016
4:30 pm

Photo of the Week: Secretary Johnson Walks Through Flooded Streets of Ascension

“We will be here as long as it takes to help this community recover.” This week, Secretary Johnson traveled to the Baton Rouge area to survey response and recovery efforts on the ground following major flooding in the region.

Photo Credit: Barry Bahler, DHS Office of Public Affairs

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August 19, 2016
4:00 pm

On August 18, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to meet with state and local officials and to review and survey response and recovery efforts in areas affected by severe flooding. He was accompanied by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich.

“The federal government is here.  We have been here.  We will be here as long as it takes to  help this community recover.”

Secretary Johnson walks through flooded streets of Ascension

Secretary Johnson met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and members of the Governor’s cabinet team.  U.S.  Representatives Cedric Richmond and Garret Graves joined Secretary Johnson to view local shelters, meet with volunteers, and view  damage.

Secretary Johnson departs Lamar Dixon displacement shelter

Secretary Johnson visited the Lamar Dixon Displacement Shelter, operated by the Red Cross where workers are providing meals, safe sleeping arrangements, and emotional support to those with immediate, disaster-caused needs.

Secretary Johnson talks with child at Lamar Dixon shelter

Secretary Johnson talks with displaced resident and family surrounded by personal belongings

Secretary Johnson talks with displaced resident surrounded by personal belongings

Secretary Johnson then traveled to Ascension to view areas impacted by widespread flooding caused by recent torrential rains. FEMA has been on the ground in the region since before the flooding began and continues to mobilize across the state to respond to emergency needs and to assist with recovery including getting people into temporary housing.  Already more than 95,000 have registered for individual assistance. Over 22,000 have filed flood claims.  FEMA has over 1,100 personnel on the ground, including 560 housing inspectors and hundreds more on the way. Over $16.7 million has already been approved for temporary housing, emergency repairs for disaster survivors.

 Secretary Johnson walks up the bank of a flooded road

Secretary Johnson being briefed on flooding of Ascension during walking tour

Secretary Johnson and member of U.S. Army National Guard look out over flooded area

Secretary Johnson continues tour of Ascension

In Baton Rouge, Secretary Johnson visited the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center where he was briefed on flood recovery efforts and met with Operations Center personnel.

Secretary Johnson sits next to Governor John Bel Edwards during Emergency Operations briefing

Secretary Johnson at roundtable briefing at Louisiana Emergency Operations Center

Secretary Johnson is briefed on Emergency Operations Center capabilities and personnel

Secretary Johnson is briefed by personnel at the Louisiana Emergency Operations Center

Secretary Johnson meets with Louisiana Emergency Operations Center personnel

While at the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center, Secretary Johnson participated in a press availability alongside Governor John Bel Edwards, Rep. Cedric Richmond, and CEO of the American Red Cross Gail McGovern. Secretary Johnson highlighted the ongoing relief efforts by FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard in support of the state of Louisiana.

Secretary Johnson stands next to Governor John bel Edwards at press conference

Members of the press cover Secretary Johnson speaking at press conference

Secretary Johnson speaks during press conference on response and recovery operations

Governor John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at press conference

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting air and surface rescue operations, which have thus far assisted more than 3,000 people, saved 245 lives, and 71 pets, and continues to actively support ground operations.

Residents and business owners who sustained disaster-related losses can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

List of information to have ready when you apply for FEMA aid

“We are devoting a lot of resources and a lot of people to this effort and we pray for everyone here. God bless you.”

Secretary Johnson and members of walking tour stop and look out on submerged road

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August 12, 2016
5:48 pm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers remove a high-profile criminal human rights violator back to Guatemala after a longstanding effort to win the ex-commando’s removal. ICE seal.

Keeping our streets safe. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers remove a high-profile criminal human rights violator back to Guatemala after a longstanding effort to win the ex-commando’s removal.

Photo Credit: ICE Guatemala City attaché

August 11, 2016
4:11 pm

The Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association (MELOA), a new group comprised of DHS employees that works to build trust through community engagement, held their first annual conference.

Secretary Jeh Johnson traveled to Dearborn where he spoke about the Department’s commitment to communities.

Secretary Johnson addresses the MELOA conference

“It has been proven, time and again, that a law enforcement community, a police force, a law enforcement organization that looks like the community that they serve builds trust,” said Secretary Johnson. “When I look around this room at all the people who work for DHS, I have tremendous optimism for our future.”

Middle Eastern Americans are woven into the fabric of our country – and our Department. At DHS, they proudly serve as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, watch commanders at Customs and Border Protection, serve as Coast Guard cadets, provide disaster recovery support at FEMA, and screen passengers at TSA. The diversity of our workforce reflects the diversity of our nation, and it strengthens our ability at DHS to keep the American people safe.

Since our last visit to Dearborn in January, MELOA’s membership has increased by five hundred percent. Secretary Johnson affirmed MELOA’s work to promote trust and encouraged the organization to continue growing.

Secretary Johnson at MELOA conference

In the evolving threat environment, there has never been a more important time to build bridges to local communities. While groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda seek to divide us, the DHS Office for Community Partnerships will continue to promote dialogue and understanding, building the partnerships that safeguard our nation and our values. 

To learn more about MELOA, visit meloa.org. And you can learn more about the Department’s commitment to communities here.

August 11, 2016
11:23 am

Image of FEMA App

With hurricane season continuing through the end of November, the FEMA app is an important tool to help your family weather the storm, nationwide. Regardless of where you’re traveling this summer, the newly updated FEMA app can help you prepare for any weather condition.

The FEMA App is free and available for all smartphones, and offers the following features:

FEMA app menu page

  • Receive weather alerts from National Weather Service for up to five different locations across the U.S.
  • Learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips.
  • Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo sharing platform
  • Prepare ahead of time by building a customized emergency kit checklist and safety reminders
  • Get directions to open shelters and recovery centers, and where to talk to FEMA in person.
  • Apply for federal disaster assistance, if needed.

All the information on the app is also available in Spanish.

Learn more and download the FEMA App here.  

August 10, 2016
3:56 pm

 

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Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign is releasing a new resource to help those who work in the hospitality industry to combat human trafficking.

The Blue Campaign Hospitality Toolkit offers tips and resources that inform and educate hospitality employees about incidents of human trafficking they may observe in the course of their daily duties. 

The toolkit includes the following information:

  • An explanation of the different types of human trafficking: sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude
  • An overview of human trafficking in the hospitality industry
  • Human trafficking indicators that different types of hotel and motel employees (housekeeping, concierge, bellman, security, and food and beverage staff) would be in a position to recognize
  • Information on what to do if you suspect human trafficking.

No one combats human trafficking alone, and so the Blue Campaign works to create tools and resources that empower individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and others to fight human trafficking in their own communities.  The Blue Campaign Hospitality Toolkit is the first of several sector-specific toolkits that DHS plans to release this year, in order to help raise public consciousness of human trafficking across the country.

Category: Human Trafficking
August 9, 2016
11:34 am

If you’re traveling this summer, AskTSA can help you prepare for your trip. You can send a tweet to @AskTSA, or a message on Facebook Messenger (fb.com/AskTSA).

infographic that shows what you ask TSA through the AskTSA service

Have a question about whether you can bring an item in your luggage? Send them a picture of an item and they’ll let you know if it is allowed on a plane.

Lost an item at the security checkpoint? AskTSA help you locate your lost item and let you know how to get it back.

If you forgot your ID, AskTSA can help you about TSA’s identify verification process and help you get through security at the airport.

Also, If you’re TSA Pre✓® eligible and don’t see it on your boarding pass, they can help identify the issue and ensure you receive expedited screening.

The AskTSA is available 365 days a year 8 am – 10 pm Eastern Time on weekdays and 9 am – 7 pm on weekends to help solve traveler problems and answer questions.

August 8, 2016
10:25 am

Last week, DHS announced the new Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) program. Nuclear forensics helps prevent nuclear smuggling and plays a role in identifying those responsible for an attempted or actual terrorist nuclear attack on the homeland.

The NFRA program will provide technical education and mentorship to students entering the nation’s nuclear forensics workforce. This program will also support cutting edge research in nuclear forensics in collaboration with a national laboratory.  This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and laboratory staff to conduct research and build relationships in order to facilitate future collaboration.

The Nuclear Forensics Research Award, which is run through the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, is designed to recruit and produce a new generation of leaders and technical experts in a wide-range of fields essential to nuclear forensics, to ensure our nation will have exceptionally skilled scientists equipped to execute this vital homeland security mission well into the future.

To learn more about how to apply for the Nuclear Forensics Research Award please visit our webpage.

August 5, 2016
3:47 pm

Human trafficking is a crime that affects victims of any age, gender, race, or immigration status. Human trafficking occurs in all parts of this country – from cities, to suburbs, to rural areas. Perpetrators of this crime relentlessly canvass ways to take advantage of people who find themselves in circumstances of extreme adversity or violence, experience discrimination, economic vulnerability, or dependence.

This summer, the Blue Campaign introduced a new phase of its national campaign to raise awareness of the full reach of this crime and promote new and innovative web-based educational resources to reach all communities across the U.S. Our new posters, depicted below, are available for download here.

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What Does Human Trafficking Look Like? Poster #6

Help spread the word about this crime of modern day slavery. Display these posters in your community to help combat human trafficking.

Learn more about the Blue Campaign, and how you can help end the heinous crime of human trafficking by visiting DHS.gov/bluecampaign.

August 5, 2016
2:13 pm

Happy Birthday, United States Coast Guard! On Thursday, August 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrated 226 years of protecting our maritime interests to secure the homeland. Semper Paratus – Always Ready.

Happy Birthday, United States Coast Guard! On Thursday, August 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrated 226 years of protecting our maritime interests to secure the homeland. Semper Paratus – Always Ready.

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