The Department of Homeland Security announced final allocations of $605 million in six Fiscal Year 2023 competitive preparedness grant programs.
State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT)
Biden-Harris Administration, Whole Community Respond to Support Vermont Following Impacts from Severe Flooding
President Biden granted a major disaster declaration for Vermont on Friday, which unlocks additional DHS FEMA funding to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe flooding beginning on July 7, 2023, and continuing.
May 5 is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. Held on this date each year, the day marks the birthday of Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation citizen Hannah Harris who went missing almost 10 years ago.
The Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council (THSAC) will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary, through engagement with DHS components, agencies, and offices, and by producing recommendations, studies, reports, and more. Given the critical importance of how DHS engages with tribes and Tribal Nations, the Council will be charged with collaborating on all matters of homeland security as they relate to Tribal nations.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted an Intelligence Summit this week in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and other national law enforcement organizations to deepen partnerships and continue to adapt and improve information sharing as public safety and national security threats evolve.
On June 17, Acting Assistant Secretary Gary Rasicot of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a series of meetings with state and local leaders on the Ohio BioWatch Program, and on June 16, CWMD’s Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) for Operations Support traveled to Birmingham to meet with key partners supporting the city of Birmingham, Alabama with the 2022 World Games. These meetings are part of a series of state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholder engagements CWMD is conducting across the United States to discuss chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and health security risks.
Last month, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) hosted a first-of-its-kind meeting of senior state and local officials to share best practices for protecting their citizens from radiological and nuclear (R/N) threats. These officials represented the 14 local jurisdictions that participate in CWMD’s Securing the Cities (STC) program. Senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration also joined the half-day virtual meeting.
On Apr 18, 2022, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) assisted state and local law enforcement with protecting Boston Marathon participants and observers.
On January 25, 2022, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), Seattle area emergency managers, public health officials, lab officials, and first responders conducted a virtual tabletop exercise of the BioWatch program.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet with state and local law enforcement and the National Football League (NFL) to review Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operations to help ensure the safety and security of employees, players, and fans during Super Bowl LVI.