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DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Barry to portions of the Gulf Coast, where Louisiana and Texas are under states of emergency. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

Recommendations for Emergency Managers for Disaster Assistance to Survivors with Disabilities

Following DHS listening sessions in many communities heavily impacted by natural disasters in 2017 and 2018, the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties makes the following recommendations to state, local, territorial, and tribal emergency managers to improve the delivery of disaster assistance to disaster survivors with disabilities.  The recommendations are grouped by major areas DHS covered in the listening sessions.

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to Oklahoma with the Vice President to Assess Federal Emergency Response and Recovery Efforts

On June 4, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to Oklahoma with Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence. They will meet with first responders and citizens in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area as these communities continue to respond to the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that has ravaged the region over the past month. During the trip, the Vice President, Second Lady and Acting Secretary will visit a food bank that provided support to disaster survivors, meet with individuals impacted by the flooding and speak with local government officials about the ongoing recovery efforts.

DHS Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Michael - Translations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Michael to southern and southeastern portions of the United States, where Florida and Alabama are under states of emergency. The following are versions of the statement translated into various languages.

S&T Impact: Disaster Resilience

S&T helps improve community resilience to natural disasters through technology and tools that support planning, decision making and mitigation efforts.

Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to California

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Sacramento and Redding, California to address the ongoing wildfires. While in California, the Secretary participated in a briefing with state and local officials regarding the damage caused by the recent wildfires.

How FEMA’s Focus is Shifting

FEMA Administrator Brock Long gives listeners insight into FEMA’s mission, vision and the role of emergency management.  Administrator Long also talks about his first 8 months on the job, FEMA’s large-scale response to the historic 2017 hurricane season and FEMA’s strategic goals to more effectively serve the American public before, during and after a disaster.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Visits Puerto Rico to Support Recovery Efforts

Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Puerto Rico to discuss Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Secretary Nielsen was joined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Secretaries Nielsen and Carson met with Governor Ricardo Rosselló, local mayors, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees.


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