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.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has a solution to protect subway systems from threats in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal off subway tunnels and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.
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.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met with Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and other senior government officials to discuss the repatriation of returning Haitian nationals and other areas of collaboration. Secretary Kelly also discussed his recent decision to extend Temporary Protected Status for six months and reiterated that the program is meant to be temporary in nature.
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly participated in a conference call briefing today with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Bob Fenton, senior leadership, and Regional Administrators, where he was briefed on the severe weather, tornadoes, and flash flooding that is affecting much of the Midwest and central southern states.
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.