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STUDENTS LEARN "REAL LIFE" LESSONS AT NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY

Fighting arson is serious business. More than 500 Americans died from arson in 2000 and suspicious fires caused $1 billion in property damage. To help arson investigators interrogate suspects and testify in court against defendants, FEMA?s National Fire Academy has created a special course and mock courtroom that would make Perry Mason proud.  more

 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AWARDS BILLIONS IN GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

In the coming weeks, the Department of Homeland Security will award $2.2 billion from the State Homeland Security Grant Program and $725 million from the Urban Area Security Initiative to state and local governments to help first responders across the nation better protect their communities.  These funds are part of over $8 billion the Department has allocated or awarded since March 1, 2003 to help our nation's first responders and state and local governments to prevent, respond and recover from potential acts of terrorism and other potential disasters.  more

 

STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR OF COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING

During this past year the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) has teamed up with local emergency managers across the state to offer this important training. This week the number trained will hit the 1,000-mark when Cleveland County Emergency Management joins Shaklee in hosting the course.  more 

 

ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION PERIOD ANNOUNCED

The Department of Homeland Security opened the application period for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program on Monday, March 1, 2004.  It will be open through Friday, April 2, 2004.  The Department invites fire departments throughout the United States to apply for assistance under this program.  more

 

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TOM RIDGE APPROVES THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS)

U. S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today announced approval of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) the Nation's first standardized management plan that creates a unified structure for Federal, state, and local lines of government for incident response.  "NIMS gives all of our Nation's responders the same framework for incident management and fully puts into practice the concept of, 'One mission, one team, one fight,'" Ridge said.  more

 

FACT SHEET:  National Incident Management System (NIMS)

NIMS establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all responders -- Federal, state, tribal, and local -- will use to coordinate and conduct response actions.  With responders using the same standardized procedures, they will all share a common focus, and will be able to place full emphasis on incident management when a homeland security incident occurs -- whether terrorism or natural disaster.  In addition, national preparedness and readiness in responding to and recovering from an incident is enhanced since all of the Nation's emergency teams and authorities are using a common language and set of procedures.  more