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SELECT HOMELAND SECURITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2005

Under new leadership, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced a comprehensive, risk-based agenda in 2005 to change the department's practices, operations, and organizational structure.  Many changes under this review have been implemented, including the creation of a department-wide policy office, a strengthened role in the intelligence community, the ability to conduct joint operations across the department, and a renewed focus on planning and preparedness.  more

RESOLVE TO BE READY IN 2006 - HOMELAND SECURITY URGES AMERICANS TO MAKE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS THEIR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On December 31, 2005 nearly half of all adults in this country will make at least one New Year's resolution.  Today, as part of its successful Ready campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security encouraged Americans to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep, preparing for emergencies.  more 

FACT SHEET:  The USA Patriot Act - A Proven Homeland Security Tool

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) benefits significantly from the USA Patriot Act and urges the United States Congress to reauthorize this proven tool in the global war on terror.  more 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS URGE AMERICANS TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - From their temporary home in San Antonio, Texas the New Orleans Saints spoke to Americans about the recent disaster that struck their hometown, and the importance of being prepared for such emergencies. Saints team members recorded a public service advertisement (PSA) that urges Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for emergencies.  more 

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (TSA) CHANGES TO AIRLINE SECURITY PROCESS

Since 9/11 significant advancements have been made in aviation security, including the installation of hardened cockpit doors, a substantial increase in the number of Federal Air Marshals, the establishment of the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, the 100 percent screening of all passengers and baggage and other measures. These initiatives have raised the bar in aviation security and shifted the threat.  more

TSA UNVEILS ENHANCED SECURITY SCREENING PROCEDURES AND CHANGES TO THE PROHIBITED ITEM LIST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Beginning December 22, airline travelers can expect to see mroe random screenings, fewer prohibited items and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce more dedicated to detecting and defeating more serious threats, such as explosives.  These changes are part of an update to security procedures announced today by Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley, to address the ever-evolving threat to commercial aviation.  more 

COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT DIRECT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CEDAP):  PHASE II APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Homeland Security Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) is operated by the DHS Office of State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness (SLGCP) to assist smaller communities in acquiring and using commercially available equipment to prevent, deter, and respond to terrorist attacks, as identified in state homeland security strategies.  more

DHS URGES SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES TO TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

Ready Business, an extension of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's successful Ready campaign, is designed to educate owners and managers of small to medium-sized businesses about preparing their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency.  more 

FEMA, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ANNOUNCE CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO ASSIST DISASTER SURVIVORS WITH LONG-TERM RECOVERY

Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a $66 million case management grant, using donations from the international community, to be awarded to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to assist Hurricane Katrina survivors with comprehensive long-term recovery needs.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RECEIVES $2.4 BILLION INCREASE FOR 2006 APPROPRIATIONS

In addition to certain organizational adjustments, the Department's FY 2006 Appropriations provides increased funding for 1,000 new Border Patrol Agents, greater explosive detection technology across transportation networks, and an integrated Preparedness Directorate to enhance coordination and deployment of preparedness assets and training.  more

GOV. HENRY, ATTORNEY GENERAL EDMONDSON WARNS AGAINST GOUGING AS RITA LOOMS

Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry and Attorney General Drew Edmondson cautioned gas stations and other retailers across Oklahoma that the State of Oklahoma will crack down on incidents of price-gouging as the nation braces for another potentially devastating hurricane.  more 

OKLAHOMA RESPONDERS TO RECEIVE EQUIPMENT THOUGH DHS'S COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT DIRECT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CEDAP)

Seven Oklahoma agencies received Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) awards through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The awards provide equipment for communications interoperability, information sharing, chemical detection, sensor devices, and personal protective equipment to jurisdictions throughout the nation.  more

GOVERNOR HENRY ANNOUNCES BOOST IN NATIONAL GUARD BENEFITS

Oklahoma City - Governor Brad Henry announced that Oklahoma National Guard members who have been activated for Hurricane Katrina efforts will receive full federal pay and benefits for their work.  In recent days, state officials had sought an enhanced compensation package for guard members and were informed today that the federal government had approved the request.  more 

GOVERNOR HENRY ANNOUNCES OKLAHOMA TO RECEIVE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE IN WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA

Oklahoma City -- At the request of Gov. Brad Henry, President Bush has approved a federal emergency declaration for the State of Oklahoma, the Governor announced today.  The designation will bolster the state's multi-pronged relief efforts helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.  more 

PRESIDENT APPROVES EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR OKLAHOMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michael D. Brown, Department of Homeland Security's Principal Federal Official for Hurricane Katrina response and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available to Oklahoma to supplement its efforts to assist evacuees from areas struck by Hurricane Katrina.  more 

GOVERNOR HENRY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY TO STRENGTHEN RELIEF EFFORTS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry has declared a state of Emergency in response to the impact that Hurricane Katrina's relief efforts is having on Oklahoma.  The declaration is necessary for Oklahoma to continue providing mutual aid and state assets to those affected by the hurricane.  more 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ASKS RESPONDERS NOT TO SELF-DISPATCH TO AREAS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) strongly discourages "self-dispatching" of assets, as this practice endangers responders and threatens overall operational control.  more

GOV. HENRY PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, ACTIVITIES SLATED ACROSS OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City - For the second year, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) joins the rest of the nation in encouraging citizens to be proactive by participating in National Preparedness Month 2005.  Gov. Henry issued a proclamation today declaring September to be National Preparedness Month and calling on Oklahomans to recognize the importance of preparing for potential emergencies.  more 

STATEMENT BY HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ON LOWERING THE NATIONAL THREAT LEVEL FOR THE MASS TRANSIT SECTOR

Since raising the threat level for mass transit systems on July 7, the Department of Homeland Security has been working closely with our federal, state and local partners to develop and implement sustainable mass transit security measures tailored to the unique design of each region's transit system. In light of these increased long-term measures, DHS is lowering the national threat level for the mass transit portion of the transportation sector from Code Orange, or "high," to Code Yellow, or "elevated."  more

THREAT LEVEL LOWERED TO YELLOW FOR MASS TRANSIT IN OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City - In accordance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), today Gov. Brad Henry lowered the Oklahoma Homeland Security Threat Level from High Condition ("Orange") to Elevated Condition ("Yellow") for mass transit across the state. The threat level was raised to "orange" on July 7, 2005, after the London terrorist attacks.  more  

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ANNOUNCES SIX-POINT AGENDA FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Secretary Michael Chertoff today announced a six-point agenda for the Department of Homeland Security designed to ensure that the Department's policies, operations, and structures are aligned in the best way to address the potential threats - both present and future - that face our nation.  more 

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ON THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON

The United States government is raising the threat level from Code Yellow, or Elevated, to Code Orange, High; targeted only to the mass transit portion of the transportation sector including regional and inner city passenger rail, subways, and metropolitan bus systems.  more 

THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO ORANGE FOR CERTAIN SECTORS

OK STATE SEAL Oklahoma City - Gov. Brad Henry today raised the Oklahoma Homeland Security Threat Level from Elevated Condition ("Yellow") to High Condition ("Orange") for certain sectors. This decision comes in the wake of the terrorist attacks in London this morning and in consultation with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Kerry Pettingill.  more

 REMARKS BY HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES ON THE USA PATRIOT ACT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) benefits significantly from the USA Patriot Act and urges the United States Congress to reauthorize this proven tool in the global war on terror.  more

EQUIPMENT PURCHASE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EPAP)

The Equipment Purchase Assistance Program (EPAP) provides the opportunity for authorized federal, state and local emergency response organizations to procure commercially available emergency response equipment through agreements with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) and Combat Support and Logistice Equipment/NBC and Marine Corps Systems Command.

The equipment offered through these programs includes a wide array of basic defensive equipment and commercial, off-the-shelf first responder equipment allowable under ODP's Homeland Security Grant Programs. Advantages include streamlined procurement, as well as guaranteed product warranties and delivery time lines.  more 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES PINNACLE EXERCISE TO TEST CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS (COOP) PLANS

Exercise will allow federal officials to implement COOP plans, test communications connectivity, and demonstrate that essential functions can be effectively conducted during threats and emergencies.  more

THIRD ANNUAL OKLAHOMA RESONSE TO TERRORISM CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2005

ORTC - September 28-30, 2005

NIMS - September 27, 2005

Marriott Southern Hills, Tulsa

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HOMELAND SECURITY AND AMERICAN RED CROSS CO-SPONSOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2005
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross announced they will co-sponsor National Preparedness Month 2005, a nationwide effort held this September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Secretary Chertoff discuss NPM with ARC President
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is coordinating National Preparedness Month 2005 initiatives for the state.  For more information contact OKOHS at (405) 425-7296 or via email at okohs@dps.state.ok.usmore

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY LAUNCHES LISTO NEGOCIOS

Listos Negocios

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the Advertising Council, today launched Listo Negocios. This extension of the Listo campaign, which educates and empowers Spanish-speaking individuals to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies, focuses on business preparedness. Listo Negocios will help Spanish-speaking owners and managers of small to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency.  more 

STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (SAFER) GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH U.S. DHS

The purpose of the SAFER grants is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase their cadre of firefighters. Ultimately, the goal is for SAFER grantees to enhance their ability to attain 24-hour staffing and thus assuring their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The SAFER grants have two activities that will help grantees attain this goal: 1) hiring of firefighters and 2) recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. more

GOVERNOR HENRY SIGNS SB 28 
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GOVERNOR HENRY SIGNS SB 8 
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GOVERNOR HENRY SIGNS SB 14

Senate Bill 14 affects the Oklahoma Homeland Security Regional Advisory Councils.  The bill reduces the number of required meetings from four to two a year and adds a Council of Government representative to each council.  The bill takes effect July 1, 2005.  more 

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER CONTROL LAUNCHES NEW AWARENESS CAMPAIGN:  KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

"Know Before You Go" provides tips for U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling abroad. more  

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENTS TO RECEIVE COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT DIRECT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CEDAP) EQUIPMENT AWARDS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced the first round of awards under the new Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). The awards provide equipment for communications interoperability, information sharing, chemical detection, sensor devices, and personal protective equipment to 214 jurisdictions throughout the nation. Equipment awarded totals $2,044,680.

In Oklahoma, the Enid Fire Department, Marlow Police Department, Owasso Fire Department and the Woodward Police Department each received CEDAP awards.

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NIMS COMPLIANT ICS TRAINING GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The NIMS Integration Center has developed guidelines for ICS training providers that will help them ensure that the training they offer meets the requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Since one of the first steps for becoming compliant with NIMS is institutionalizing the use of ICS across the response system, ICS training must be consistent with the concepts, principles and characteristics of the NIMS ICS training offered by DHS training entities along with that of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). more 

MEMORIAL INSTITUTE HOLDS TENTH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE 

OKLAHOMA CITY - The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) will open its doors to Tenth Anniversary participants who want to learn about MIPT's work preventing terrorism or mitigating it effects, Tuesday April 19 11:00 am to 5 pm, as part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial's Week of Hope.  more

MEMORIAL INSTITUTE HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL 9/11 AND APRIL 19TH EXCHANGE APRIL 17 - 20

OKLAHOMA CITY - Together the exchange members will commemorate Murrah Building bombing tenth anniversary by attending the Oklahoma City National Memorial's remembrance ceremony and other activities. Peer support for those affected by both tragedies is this year's focus. more

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL: NATIONAL WEEK OF HOPE 
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM UP TO PROMOTE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced that for the third season in a row, it is joining Minor League Baseball to promote emergency preparedness. During the 2005 season, 48 teams across the nation will educate and encourage their fans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools by featuring Ready campaign information in their ballparks, beginning April 14th, 2005.  more 

LIGHTERS NOW PROHIBITED PAST SECURITY CHECKPOINTS AT AIRPORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that all lighters will be prohibited from sterile areas of airports and onboard aircraft.  This action is in response to a provision in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which was signed into law by the President on December 17, 2004, and requires that "butane" lighters be added to TSA's Prohibited Items List.  more 
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TOPOFF 3 CONTAINS LESSONS FOR FUTURE, DHS OFFICIALS SAY 

Last week DHS completed TOPOFF 3, the most complex, comprehensive, and largest counter-terrorism exercise ever conducted in the United States, successfully culminating almost two years of exercise design and planning.  The exercise tested the ability of federal, state, local, and international governments to coordinate prevention and response to terrorist attacks. more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES OVER $141 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SECURE TRANSIT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced $141,630,806 in transit security grants, illustrating the Administration's strong commitment to protecting our nation's transit systems.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR RAIL HAZMAT PLACARDS 

Speaking at the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner last night, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recommended continuation of the placard system for hazardous materials transported by rail.  The placards are designed to ensure the safety of citizens and first responders and the decision came after the completion of a comprehensive study that included input from first responders, rail operators and other key stakeholders.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASES INTERIM NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS GOAL

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today the publication of the Interim National Preparedness Goal ("Goal"). The Goal will guide federal departments and agencies, state, territorial, local and tribal officials, the private sector, non-government organizations and the public in determining how to most effectively and efficiently strengthen preparedness for terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.  more

U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION INITIATES PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE

This new partnership will study growing issues related to firefighter occupational health and safety in the volunteer fire service and to begin to develop initiatives, programs, and strategies to reduce on-duty firefighter fatalities among volunteers. more

FACT SHEET:  TOPOFF 3 Exercising National Preparedness

Top Officials 3 (TOPOFF 3) is the most comprehensive terrorism response exercise ever conducted in the United States.  The exercise is designed to strengthen the nation's capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS AND SAFER GRANTS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is accepting applications for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) grant program.  The deadline for receipt of the AFG fire grant applications is 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on April 8, 2005.  DHS also announced that the application period for the AFG Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants will begin on May 31, 2005 and continue through June 28, 2005.  Fire Prevention and Firefighter Safety grant applications will be accepted in September 2005. more

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES

The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) allows smaller law enforcement and emergency responder agencies to purchase equipment items that will enhance and support regional response, mutual aid, and interoperability of responder equipment. more

NIMS ALERT: FROM THE NIMS INTEGRATION CENTER (NIC), MARCH 2005

The NIMS Integration Center (NIC) encourages all emergency personnel with a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management or response to take the NIMS course by October 1, 2005.  more

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF
CHERTOFF SWEARING IN The President:  I'm pleased to be here at the Department of Homeland Security with our new Secretary, Michael Chertoff. And I'm honored to share this moment with Meryl and their children.  more

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES $91.3 MILLION AVAILABLE IN BUFFER ZONE PROTECTION PLAN GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced $91.3 million in grant funding to protect and secure areas surrounding critical infrastructure and key resource sites such as chemical facilities, dams, and nuclear plants across the country. The Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) provides targeted funding through states to local jurisdictions to purchase equipment that will extend the zone of protection beyond the gates of these critical facilities.  more

OKLAHOMA HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS WILL FOCUS ON PREVENTION IN 2005

Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS), in conjunction with the office of Gov. Brad Henry, today announced its plan for allocating Fiscal Year 2005 grant funds awarded to the State from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Director Kerry Pettingill said the federal funds will be used to supplement a number of current projects as well as assist in preventing a terrorist attack, reducing Oklahoma's vulnerability to an attack and preparing to respond and recover if an attack should occur.  more

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF SENIOR STAFF

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced John F. Wood as Chief of Staff and Brian R. Besanceney as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  more 

REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF AT A WELCOME CEREMONY WITH EMPLOYEES

WASHINGTON - Thank you.  Thank you.  I appreciate everybody turning out on such a kind of nasty day to welcome me to this great Department.  I guess I've been Secretary for a little less than 24 hours, and I've gotten an extraordinary reception from people in all parts of the Department.  And I am really proud to join you in serving the American people.  more

FACT SHEET:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2006 Budget Request Includes 7% Increase

President George W. Bush's FY 2006 budget request includes a total of $41.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security. This is an increase of seven percent over the enacted FY 2005 funding, excluding Project BioShield. This year's request demonstrates the Administration's continued commitment to making further improvements to the nation's homeland security.  more

FACT SHEET:  National Response Plan (NRP)

The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The Plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector- and integrates them into a unified structure.  more

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