FRRG is an all-volunteer working group that includes 150 members of state, local, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, emergency management and other disciplines. Its mission is to help S&T maximize first responder safety, effectiveness, and preparedness in the field.
DHS S&T's Web-based HURREVAC platform integrates forecast and planning data to provide emergency managers with decision support tools for use in advance of and during tropical weather.
The EMAC package includes the EMAC Best Practices and six communications-specific EMAC Mission Readiness Package (MRP) models.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and its vision of a prepared and resilient nation. DHS S&T will partner with key stakeholders for FEMA’s Shaken Fury 2019 exercise which simulates the response and recovery to a 7.7 magnitude earthquake scenario. The Shaken Fury exercise will take place May 29 to June 7, 2019 near Memphis, Tennessee.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate Assistant Administrator Thomas DiNanno addresses the critical role of the Department’s homeland security grant programs in assisting the Nation in preventing, preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with North Dakota University System (NDUS) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), convened a pilot Leadership Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (LTTX) on Feb. 7, 2018, in Bismarck, North Dakota.
S&T and CUSEC have partnered to develop nationally deployable decision support tools that create, enhance, and report out on the data and make it available to state and local EMs to manage operations, allocate resources, and mitigate hazards.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery Assistant Administrator for Recovery Alex Amparo addresses ways in which FEMA is improving relationships with federally recognized Indian tribes.
The FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance aligns with the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The 2014 NECP emphasizes the need to enhance the policies, governance structures, plans, and protocols that enable responders to communicate and share information under all circumstances. It aims to maximize the use of all communications capabilities available to public safety officials—voice, video, and data—and to ensure the security of data and information exchange. To accomplish this, grantees must engage the whole community in preparedness activities. Similarly, the FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance addresses the rapidly evolving emergency communications ecosystem and encourages grantees to support the concepts and recommendations within the 2014 NECP.
June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season. For emergency managers and state and local decision makers, particularly along our coastlines, this season that runs through November 30 can bring many challenges. One of those challenges is when to order evacuations when a storm is moving in.