The fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill released by the House Appropriations Committee today prioritizes the most pressing issues facing our Department.
Disaster Response and Recovery
RBPS 9 - Response is the performance standard that addresses emergency response planning and training. The work that high-risk chemical facilities do with first responders and law enforcement to ensure emergency response measures are in place prior to an incident bolsters our nation's security.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosted a national exercise for Cabinet members and senior administration officials whose agencies are involved in hurricane preparedness and response.
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly released a video to kick off the official start of hurricane season, which begins today, June 1st. Secretary Kelly urged Americans in the potential path of a hurricane to know their risk, prepare, and stay informed. Secretary Kelly also reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to work closely with their private sector, state, and local partners to detect, prepare, and respond to the threat of natural disasters.
The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) offers the Wireless Priority Service (WPS), which is designed to provide priority cellular calling capabilities when communications networks are congested.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Robert Fenton addresses FEMA’s response to the August 2016 flood disaster in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Under the leadership of Jay Kopstein, the SAFECOM Governance Committee developed and published the 2017 SAFECOM Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide, summarizing SAFECOM’s short- and mid-term priorities and its associated annual products and activities.
Under the leadership of Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, the SAFECOM Governance Committee developed and published the 2016 SAFECOM Annual Report, detailing a thorough overview of activities, products, and projects completed by SAFECOM members in 2016. Sections of the report review SAFECOM committee products and activities, as well as in-person meeting outcomes.
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.