Department of Homeland Security Offers Community Leaders New Resources to Prepare for Extreme Temperature Events As 17 States Experience Record Breaking Heat
With Roughly 130 Million Americans Under Heat Alerts, Secretary Mayorkas, FEMA Administrator Criswell Issue Resource Guide, to Host an “Extreme Heat Summit” on August 28 to Discuss Steps Local Officials Can Take to Keep #SummerReady
The Department of Homeland Security announced a new prize competition focusing on clean energy sources to keep essential services functioning during power outages, highlighting the Department’s efforts to address risks posed by climate change.
Department of Homeland Security Issues QHSR Detailing Strategy to Stay Ahead of Evolving Threat Environment
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the statutorily required Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), a comprehensive strategic approach to the Department’s efforts to secure the nation.
The objective of this Climate Literacy Strategy is to develop a climate literate DHS workforce, ensuring all employees across the Department have a sufficient and up-to-date understanding of climate change and its relevance to the DHS mission. This understanding ensures we are better prepared to execute our mission in ever-changing conditions while successfully implementing the executive orders, administrative directives, and regulations relevant to climate change. DHS will do this by supporting climate literacy development and initiatives throughout the Department and being a source of climate change information. Within climate literacy there are many topics including, but not limited to, climate science literacy and climate security literacy. This strategy will evolve to educate the DHS workforce on all topics as necessary. As a starting point, we define climate literacy at DHS as an educated layman’s understanding of the (non-technical) basics of climate, climate change, and climate change’s implications for DHS.
Addressing the climate emergency is a priority for DHS as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, workforce health, and other direct and indirect impacts of climate change will affect the Nation’s preparedness and national security over the long term. To combat this ongoing threat, DHS is implementing new approaches for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilient capacity.
The Biden-Harris Administration released the FY 24 President’s Budget, providing $60.4 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, and $20.1 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the Department has become a member of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).
Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the following remarks at the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference, Fire Rescue International, in San Antonio, Texas.