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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma City, and DFI International launched the Web-based homeland security lessons learned and best practices information-sharing network on April 19, 2004. The portal is an important part of the national homeland security strategy to assist state and local homeland security responders and planners to improve preparation, prevention, response, and recovery efforts for acts of terrorism.

The Honorable C. Suzanne Mencer, Director of DHS's Office for Domestic Preparedness, and General Dennis J. Reimer, USA (Ret.), Director of MIPT, announced the formal launch of the Lessons Learned Information Sharing system ( in Oklahoma City on the ninth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 Americans in 1995

"LLIS provides a unique opportunity to share information among federal, state and local levels of government and learn from each other," said Director Mencer. "The portal will be fully operational within a year."

Developed by MIPT and DFI International, improves homeland security efforts nationwide by allowing local, state, and federal response professionals to share a wealth of validated front-line expertise on effective planning, training, and operational practices for homeland security.

This detailed information takes the form of scores of documents of individual lessons learned, best practices, and other notable positive performances and "good ideas" across the range of homeland security disciplines. System content is developed in consultation with subject-matter experts and practitioners from throughout the country and undergoes extensive peer review and validation before publication.

"Congress has supported MIPT from its inception," said Senator Don Nickles. "As the third component of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, MIPT is charged with helping to prevent acts of terrorism or mitigate their results. The Lessons Learned Information Sharing capability will help accomplish that. It is particularly fitting that this capability will be fully operational by the 10th anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing because it provides a tribute to all the family members, rescue workers and survivors who paid such a heavy price on April 19, 1995." will also serve as a central repository of relevant homeland security documents and events, including an extensive catalog of redacted after-action reports (AARs) from exercises and actual incidents. In addition, the system will house a directory of responders and homeland security officials and identifies those with functional expertise, allowing users to identify and communicate with those with more experience and proficiency.

Access to Lessons Learned Information Sharing will be free to authorized homeland security officials and emergency responders at the local, state, and federal levels. In addition, the system meets Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards for housing sensitive but unclassified information.

"As the nation marks the ninth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, DHS and MIPT are launching to ensure that lessons learned from terrorist incidents and training exercises shape preparedness and response in the future," said Reimer. "By enabling emergency responders and homeland security officials from every jurisdiction in America to share and learn from each other's invaluable experience, will ultimately improve national preparedness and help deter possible future attacks."

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