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.
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.
Thousands of first responders and volunteers continue working together to save lives, restore power and help survivors affected by Hurricane Michael.
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 helps improve community resilience to natural disasters through technology and tools that support planning, decision making and mitigation efforts.
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.
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.
Date Added: May 2, 2018
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.
While Nov. 30 marks the end of a historic hurricane season, FEMA and its partners continue to work diligently in support of disaster survivors recovering from the devastating season. Four hurricanes made landfall: Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate (the first three were classified as major hurricanes, which affected roughly 25.8 million people). Also during this season, nearly two dozen large wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of land in northern California.
One and a half months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico nearing category 5 strength, the government of Puerto Rico, FEMA and its federal partners have been making progress in one of the nation’s most logistically complex responses in history.