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THREAT LEVEL LOWERED TO YELLOW: ELEVATED

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announces the lowering of the U.S. security level. more

APPLICATION RELEASED FOR 2004-2005 CLASS OF HOMELAND SECURITY SCHOLARS AND FELLOWS

The Science and Technology division released on January 14 an application for the 2004-2005 class of the Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows.  This highly competitive program assists in the development and mentoring of the next generation of homeland security scientists and engineers by supporting students pursuing degree programs at America's leading universities.  Through internships at homeland security venues, many students will focus their studies in areas that support the Department's mission.  more

OKLAHOMA HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR NAMED

Gov. Henry tapped Major Kerry Pettingill as Oklahoma Homeland Security Director.  Pettingill joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1982 and was commander of the DPS Tactical Teams, Special Operations and Bomb Squads.  He was appointed as Deputy Director of Homeland Security in 2002, which included overseeing personnel assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.  more

NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL DRAWS VISITORS TO FEMA TRAINING CENTER

FEMA announced this week that nearly 4,200 people visited the National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial in 2003, to honor thousands of American heroes.  The memorial is located 75 miles from Washington, D.C., at FEMA's National Emergency Training Center.  In addition, thousands more training center students and attendees at the annual memorial service also visited the memorial.  more

CITIZEN CORPS CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Launched by President George W. Bush during the 2002 State of the Union address as part of the USA Freedom Corps initiative to engage Americans in volunteer service, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on January 22 marked the tremendous success of Citizen Corps two years later.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE - 9:  DEFENSE OF UNITED STATES AGRICULTURE

This directive establishes a national policy to defend the agriculture and food system against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.  more 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES FY 2005 BUDGET IN BRIEF

The Department of Homeland Security's budget exhibits the Administration's continuing commitment to secure the homeland by requesting total new resources for FY 2005 of $40.2 billion.  This is an increase of 10 percent above the comparable FY 2004 resource level.  The budget substantially increases funding for DHS from 2003 -- the year that the Department was created -- and continues the dramatic growth for agencies that are now a part of DHS.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SELECTS SMALL BUSINESSES FROM 23 STATES FOR FIRST SBIR AWARDS

Stillwater's Nomadics, Inc. is one of 66 small businesses selected

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology division today announced that 66 small businesses, in 23 states have been selected for contract negotiations.  These firms were chosen by the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) from applicants to the Department's first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program solicitation in November 2003.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PARTNERS WITH DEFENSE "EMALL"

The Department of Homeland Security's Management division and the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency announced a strategic partnership to provide DHS with a tailored version of DoD's EMALL (Electronic Mall). The DOD EMALL is an Internet-based marketplace that allows purchasers to access DoD's wide variety of vendors and catalogs and enhances DHS' ability to provide a one-stop shopping experience to acquire the goods and services needed to support the DHS mission.  more

OKLAHOMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WEEK IS FEBRUARY 22-28

Soon communities all across Oklahoma will join in recognizing emergency managers at the city, county and state level. Gov. Brad Henry has proclaimed February 22-28 Emergency Management Week and similar proclamations have been issued locally.  more

SECRETARY TOM RIDGE ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Secretary Ridge's speech at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.  more

FACT SHEET:  Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) to Expand Collaboration, Connectivity for states and major cities

The Department of Homeland Security, as part of its Homeland Security Information Network initiative, is expanding its computer-based counterterrorism communications network to all 50 states, five territories, Washington, D.C., and 50 other major urban areas to strengthen its two-way flow of threat information.  more

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES STANDARDS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology division today adopted its first standards regarding personal protective equipment developed to protect first responders against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. These standards, which will assist state and local procurement officials and manufacturers, are intended to provide emergency personnel with the best available protective gear.  more

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

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

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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

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

During this past year the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) 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 

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

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

GOVERNOR HELPS LAUNCH MCREADY CAMPAIGN

Oklahoma City - Governor Brad Henry today announced the kickoff of a statewide severe weather preparedness campaign. Called McReady Oklahoma, the campaign is a public-private partnership designed to prepare families for emergencies, to increase awareness of severe weather threats and to build prepared communities.  more 

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $32 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS AWARDED TO OKLAHOMA HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS

Oklahoma City --- Today Governor Brad Henry announced the awarding of additional federal funds for homeland security efforts in Oklahoma. More than $32 million in funds will go to Oklahoma for homeland security initiatives.  more

LESSONS LEARNED INFORMATION NETWORK LAUNCHED ON 9TH ANNIVERSARY OF OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING

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.  more

FACT SHEET:  Ready Campaign Update

Launched on February 19, 2003, the "Ready" Campaign is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower American citizens to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies.  The Ad Council declared it one of the most successful campaign launches in its 62-year history.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PARTNERSHIP

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today announced that 52 Minor League Baseball teams in communities all across America -- more than double the number that participated last year -- have committed to featuring Ready public service announcements in their ballparks this spring and summer.  The partnership is just one of many strategic relationships secured by DHS and the Ad Council to disseminate messages and materials that will help Americans to prepare for potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies.  more

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL CREATING HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE

Oklahoma's Office of Homeland Security became official today as Governor Brad Henry signed House Bill 2280. The bill by Rep. Bill Paulk and Sen. Dick Wilkerson created the office which has been operating as a division within the Department of Public Safety for the past year and a half with authority from an executive order by the Governor.  more

OKLAHOMA OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY (OKOHS) ANNOUNCES 2004 GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Brad Henry today announced that local communities can now apply for the latest round of federal funds from the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) received more than $32 million in grant money from the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), and local agencies can apply for the grants through OKOHS beginning May 5, 2004.  more

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES TO EXPAND SECURITY FOR RAIL PASSENGERS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued Security Directives (SD) requiring protective measures to be implemented by passenger rail operators. The measures instruct commuter, transit and inter-city passenger rail systems to comply with requirements that range from removing or replacing station trash cans to utilizing canine explosives detection teams.  more

TSA, AVIATION INDUSTRY UNITE TO HELP U.S. "PREPARE FOR SUMMER TAKEOFF"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. aviation leaders unveiled an aggressive national program for secure and convenient summer air travel as passenger traffic returns to pre-9/11 levels.  more

FACT SHEET:  A Better Prepared America: A Year in Review

Preparedness is the responsibility of every American.  At the Department of Homeland Security, we are hard at work creating and implementing preparedness plans; developing procedures and policies that will guide our actions in the event of a terrorist attack; conducting training and exercises to ensure that our first responders possess a necessary level of preparedness; enhancing partnerships with state and local governments, private sector institutions and other organizations; and funding the purchase of much-needed equipment for first responders, states, cities, and towns.  These activities, along with an active American community, contribute to a level of national preparedness that is critical to achieving our goal of a better prepared America.  more 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT TO AID AMERICA'S FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the first round of grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the Fiscal Year 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  The grants will ultimately total approximately 8,000 awards worth nearly $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters throughout the country, demonstrating Homeland Security's commitment to ensuring that America's firefighters have the resources they need to protect their communities.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY LEVERAGES NOAA ALL-HAZARDS NETWORK FOR ALERTS AND WARNINGS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce today signed an agreement that allows Homeland Security to send critical all-hazards alerts and warnings directly through the NOAA All-Hazards Network.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION NETWORK - CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (HSIN-CI)

The Homeland Security Information Network initiative has been expanded to include critical infrastructure owners and operators and the private sector in the cities of Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis and Atlanta. The Homeland Security Information Network - Critical Infrastructure (HSIN-CI) Pilot Program is an unclassified network, which immediately provides the Department's Homeland Security Operations Center with one-stop 24/7 access to a broad spectrum of industries, agencies and critical infrastructure across both the public and private sectors. This conduit for two-way information sharing provides the Department with an expanding base of locally knowledgeable experts and delivers real-time access to needed information.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY LAUNCHES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PILOT PROGRAM TO BOLSTER PRIVATE SECTOR SECURITY

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with local private sector and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, launched the first Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Infrastructure (HSIN-CI) Pilot Program in Dallas, Texas with locally operated pilot programs in Seattle, Indianapolis and Atlanta to follow. The pilot program will operate throughout the course of this year to determine the feasibility of using this model for other cities across the country.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY ASSISTS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WITH UNVEILING OF NEW INTERNET COURSE ON AMERICA'S NEW NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS)

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new online course that will help first responders understand the concepts and principles underlying the new National Incident Management System (NIMS) and to begin incorporating NIMS into their own planning and policies. To streamline coordination at the federal, state and local levels, President Bush directed the creation of NIMS, a newly developed, standardized incident management approach to emergency incidents.  more

FACT SHEET:  Strengthening the security of our nation's food supply

Protecting the homeland is one of President Bush's top priorities, and this commitment includes a multi-pronged plan to protect the nation's food supply with leadership from Homeland Security, Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and others.

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the State of Iowa, working with the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture, $2 million for development of the Agriculture Counterterrorism Project. Through this Partnership, which also includes Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, the project develops interstate food security planning initiatives and asset protection programs for the food supply chain.  more

NEW HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (HSOC) SERVES AS PRIMARY HUB FOR INFORMATION SHARING AND DOMESTIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the HSOC provides situational awareness and monitoring of the homeland, coordinates incidents and response activities, and issues advisories and bulletins to homeland security partners as well as specific protective and counter measure guidance.  more

FACT SHEET:  Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC)

The Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) serves as the nation's nerve center for information sharing and domestic incident management, dramatically increasing the vertical coordination between federal, state, territorial, tribal, local, and private sector partners.  more

OKOHS DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO INTERNATIONAL VISITORS ABOUT HOMELAND SECURITY

Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) Director Kerry Pettingill spoke to a group of international visitors about counter-terrorism efforts in the State of Oklahoma.  more 

OKLAHOMA RESPONSE TO TERRORISM CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 15 - 17, 2004

National and internationally recognized speakers present professional updates, timely case studies, and educational workshops on hard-hitting topics ranging from hazardous materials and bioterroism to medical and law enforcement response.  more

BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS

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OKOHS USES FEDERAL GRANT DOLLARS TO FUND NUMEROUS PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY - OKOHS received more than $32 million earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) to fund terrorism prevention programs in the state of Oklahoma.  Governor Henry and OKOHS determined the funds should be prioritized and divided into several programs.  more

OKLAHOMA OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY (OKOHS) UNVEILS INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PLAN FOR STATE

Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) today announced its plans to distribute more than $32 million in federal grant funds to local governments. The funds will be divided between three critical areas: Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention (LETP), State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Citizen Corps Programs. Nevertheless, officials said this year's focus will be funding the initial phase of a statewide interoperable communication system.  more

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO LAUNCH NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The America Prepared Campaign, the American Red Cross, the National Association of Broadcasters and the U.S. Department of Education have joined a coalition of more 50 national organizations to engage Americans in emergency preparedness by launching National Preparedness Month on September 9.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES EXPANDED BORDER CONTRAOL PLANS

Today, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson announced plans to expand control of the United States borders through increased use of immigration laws to combat illegal entry between the ports of entry while facilitating travel for legitimate Mexican visitors.  more

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY THANKED FOR INVESTING IN SECURITY

Deputy Secretary James Loy told a gathering of oil and natural gas producers that their decision to invest in homeland security measures has helped make America safer and has put their industry in a better competitive position for the future.  more

HUNDREDS OF ACTIVITIES PLANNED, MILLIONS REACHED DURING NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Throughout the month of September, hundreds of activities are planned across the country to highlight the importance of individual emergency preparedness. The National Preparedness Month coalition, which includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than 80 organizations and all 56 states and territories, will encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergencies.  more

FACT SHEET:  An overview of America's security since 9/11

The country has made great strides toward improving the security of our homeland since September 11th. Whether by land, sea, or air, it is now substantially more difficult for terrorists to enter the United States; homeland security professionals are sharing information like never before; and America's citizens are better prepared for a natural disaster or terrorist attack.  more

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
2004 Proclamation signing Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry proclaimed September to be Preparedness Month. Highlighting the importance of individual preparedness, the proclamation is part of a nationwide campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the 55 other U.S. states and territories.  more
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES $49 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SECURE AMERICA'S PORTS

The Port Security Grant Program provides resources for projects to improve dockside and perimeter security that is vital to securing our critical national seaports.  These awards will contribute to important security upgrades such as surveillance equipment, access controls to restricted areas, communications equipment, and the construction of new command and control facilities.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES $9 MILLION IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

The Department of Homeland Security awarded $9 million in information technology demonstration projects today in the Information Technology and Evaluation Program (ITEP).  ITEP is a competitive program intended to foster and evaluate uses of existing, state-of-the-market, information technology that will demonstrate how to remove barriers and improve information sharing and integration.  more

HOMELAND SECURITY AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH READY BUSINESS

(Washington, DC) Sept. 23, 2004 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the Advertising Council and a variety of business organizations, today launched Ready Business. This extension of Homeland Security's successful Ready campaign, which has helped millions of individuals and families prepare for emergencies, focuses on business preparedness. Ready Business will help owners and managers of small to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency.  more

FACT SHEET:  Achieving First Response Interoperability - a local, state and federal partnership

The challenge of communications interoperability has plagued public safety agencies for decades. Together, technology and leadership can give first responders and public safety agencies the ability to exchange voice and data on demand, in real time, when needed and as authorized. However, as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 made clear, true radio interoperability requires first responders to be able to communicate not just within their units, but also across disciplines and jurisdictions. Reaching the goal of full communications interoperability requires the coordinated efforts of leadership at the local, state, and federal levels.  more

OKLAHOMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

In March of 2005 the American Trucking Association (ATA) will receive a $21 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand the Highway Watch Program. ATA will dispense the funds to the states to further support the program, which trains highway professionals to identify and report safety and security concerns on the nation's roads. In March of this year the Oklahoma Trucking Association received $200,000 for the Highway Watch Program and officials are expecting to receive a portion of the 2005 funds.  more 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION COMETITIVE GRANT AWARDED TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THE DEAF

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that the Telecommunications for the Deaf Incorporated (TDI) has been awarded a $1.4 million Competitive Training Grant to develop a network that will provide information on disaster preparedness and homeland security to individuals with hearing disabilities.  more

METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM GRANT AWARDS FOR FY 2004 ANNOUNCED

Oklahoma City and Tulsa are among the jurisdictions receiving FY 2004 funding

(Washington, DC) - The Department of Homeland Security awarded more than $46 million in Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grants for Fiscal Year 2004. The 110 grants reach 114 MMRS jurisdictions throughout the United States including Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  more 

FACT SHEET:  Ready Campaign

Readyis a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower American citizens to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies.  The goal of the campaign is to get citizens involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.  more

FACT SHEET:  DHS Appropriations Act of 2005

President George W. Bush signed the FY 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which provides $28.9 billion in net discretionary spending for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is $1.8 billion more than the FY 2004 enacted level - reflecting a 6.6% increase in funding for the Department over the previous year. Including Project BioShield, mandatory and fee-funded programs, a total of $40.7 billion will be available to the Department in FY 2005.  more

OKLAHOMA HAZMAT TEAMS TAKE HIGHEST HONOR

Teams from Midwest City and Norman participated in the New Mexico State Haz-Mat Challenge August 9th through the 13th with the Midwest City team bringing home the trophy for 1st Place Overall for the second year in a row and the Norman team winning 1st Place in the technical division during this, their first year to compete.  more

RED CROSS RECEIVES $6.5 MILLION GRANT FROM DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

On Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C., the American Red Cross received a $6.5 million competitive training grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during a check presentation at their national headquarters Disaster Operations Center from Sue Mencer, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP).  more

OKLAHOMA HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR ISSUES ELECTION SECURITY BULLETIN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

OKLAHOMA CITY - State Homeland Security officials have issued a bulletin to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies, urging them to be especially vigilant during the upcoming November 2 elections. Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Kerry Pettingill stressed that no specific threat had been made against Oklahoma, saying that the call for increased vigilance was strictly a precautionary measure.  more

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEALND SECURITY THROUGH FEMA'S DISASTER RESISTANT UNIVERSITY PROGRAM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond $75,000 as part of the Disaster Resistant University (DRU) program. In total, 27 colleges and universities were awarded more than $3.2 million. The DRU program assists universities and colleges, through state and local governments, to implement a sustained program to reduce the risk from disasters to students, faculty, facilities, and research assets.  more

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES 2005 DHS GRANT AWARD FOR OKLAHOMA HOMELAND SECURITY INITIATIVES

Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry, in conjunction with Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Kerry Pettingill, today announced that Oklahoma will receive more than $29.9 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fund homeland security programs throughout the state.  more

RESOLVE TO BE READY IN 2005

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is encouraging citizens to make a New Year's resolution that is easy to keep - creating their own family emergency plan.  It can benefit not only the person who makes the resolution, but also his or her entire family.  more

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES OVER $2.5 BILLION IN GRANTS NATIONWIDE

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced the recipients of  $1.66 billion in grants to states and an additional $855 million in grants to urban areas to fund first responders and support state and local resources necessary to prevent, respond and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.  Totaling over $2.5 billion in direct assistance to state and local governments for their preparedness and planning needs, these funds augment the nearly $9 billion already delivered to state and local governments and first responders since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  more

FACT SHEET:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2004 Year in Review

A snapshot of 2004 accomplishments and statistics for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  more

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