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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released an interim final rule that imposes comprehensive federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities.  more


DHS Announces $113 Million for National Preparedness Training Initiatives


WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the awarding of over $113 million in grant money under two programs that strengthens the coordinated training efforts of homeland security preparedness.  more


Agriculture Cleaning and Disinfecting Unit

Agricultural Component of Regional Response System Unveiled

June 20, 2007

Oklahoma City – Containing contagious animal diseases is more effective now that six Agriculture Cleaning and Disinfecting Units are available to respond across the state of Oklahoma. The Cleaning and Disinfecting Units are the most recent addition to the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security’s (OKOHS) multi-million dollar Regional Response System and were developed at the request of and guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.  more

State to Test Response to Agriculture Disaster in Panhandle


Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is coordinating an exercise in the Panhandle area to practice the local, state and federal response to a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak.

Exercising the response to an agricultural disaster is critically important for Oklahoma, as the state ranks in the top 10 nationally in a number of commodities, including: second in winter wheat, fifth in cattle, fifth in pecans, seventh in peanuts, eighth in hogs and tenth in chicken (broiler) production. This FAD outbreak exercise is a proactive endeavor for the state, particularly for the Panhandle where a majority of the cattle and hog industry is located.  more

Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) Application Period Announced


DHS Announces CEDAP 2007 Application Schedule:

The National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the schedule for the 2007 application period of the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Applications may be submitted via the Responder Knowledge Base ( starting at 0900EDT on Wednesday, April 25th, and continuing until 2359EDT on Tuesday, May 29th.  more

Minor League Baseball and Boy Scouts Step Up to the Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies


Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts of America are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign for the fourth consecutive year to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. Forty-nine baseball teams are joining many local Boy Scout councils in stepping up to the plate and encouraging fans to prepare for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  more 

DPS Moblie Communications and Command Unit 4/3/07 Newest Component of the Oklahoma Regional Response System Unveiled


Oklahoma City – State officials today unveiled a Mobile Communications and Command Unit that is the newest component of Oklahoma’s Regional Response System and will be available to assist local responders during an emergency. The Oklahoma Regional Response System is a system of more than 60 response units with different levels of capability located in communities across the state.  The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) developed the system with input from local responders and funded it with U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funding.  The Mobile Communications and Command Unit will be located at the Department of Public Safety (DPS).  It is designed to aid with command and control when different agencies are involved in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency response.  more

DHS Provides More Than $490 Million to America's Firefighters


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today the start of the fiscal year 2007 application period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. More than $492.3 million will be awarded this year to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency management organizations across the nation, bringing the total provided through this program since 2004 to roughly $2.2 billion. more

DHS Provides First Responders $34.6 Million in Equipment and Training


Washington — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the award of $34.6 million in equipment and training to first responders across the nation as a part of the fiscal year 2006 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). DHS awarded more than 2,000 direct assistance grants to ensure that law enforcement and emergency responders receive specialized equipment and training to meet their homeland security mission.  more

DHS Awards $194 Million to States for Emergency Management

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to receive more than $2.8 million


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released $194 million to help states and local governments prepare and implement emergency management activities through the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. Emergency managers have been awarded more than $750 million since fiscal year 2004 through the program.  more

DHS Launches Traveler Redress Inquiry Program


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the launch of the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP). Travelers can now seek redress and resolve possible watch list misidentification issues with any of the department’s component agencies at an easy to use and easy to access online location at  more

Oklahoma Elementary Schools Receive Homeland Security Grants to Improve Security


Director Pettingill at the Education Press Conf. OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) announced today that five Oklahoma elementary schools are the first-ever recipients of state homeland security funding to improve security on their campuses.  The 2006 Education Grant Program was a collaborative effort between OKOHS and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) in conjunction with National Preparedness Month in September.  more

FACT SHEET:  DHS Announces 8% Increase in FY08 Budget Request


President Bush’s fiscal year 2008 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) represents $46.4 billion in funding, which is an increase of 8 percent over the FY 2007 level – excluding funds provided in emergency supplemental funding. The request targets five areas that are essential to preserving freedom and privacy, meeting future challenges, and fulfilling our mission of securing America.  more

Passport Requirement for Air Travel Begins Today


Beginning today, citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda are now required to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere.  more

DHS Announces $445 Million to Secure Critical Infrastructure


Washington — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today fiscal year 2007 grant guidance and application kits for five grant programs that will total roughly $445 million in funding for state, local and private industry infrastructure protection initiatives. These five programs comprise the Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP), which to date have provided more than $1.5 billion in grants to strengthen security at critical facilities ranging from chemical plants to mass transit systems and seaports.  more

DHS Announces $1.7 Billion Available for Local Homeland Security Programs


Washington — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal year 2007 grant guidance and application kits for five grant programs that will total roughly $1.7 billion in funding for state and local counterterrorism efforts. With the fiscal year 2007 funding, the department will have invested nearly $20 billion in local planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises.  more

DHS Releases Nationwide Interoperable Communications Scorecard


Washington — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released scorecard assessments of interoperable communications capabilities in 75 urban and metropolitan areas nationwide. Interoperable communications involve policies, technology and training that enable law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services from multiple jurisdictions in a common community to effectively communicate within one hour of an incident.  more

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