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Oklahomans Encouraged to Resolve to be Ready in 2009

Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is urging Oklahomans across the state to “Resolve to be Ready” for 2009. This New Year’s Resolution can be easily kept by following Ready Oklahoma’s three easy steps: 1) Make a kit, 2) Have a plan and 3) Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your neighborhood and community. more

DHS Announces $34 million in FY 2009 Emergency Operations Center Grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today opened the application period for approximately $34 million under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Grant Program. These grants are intended to improve state, local and tribal emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure and interoperable Emergency Operations Centers. more

Now's the Time: The Ready Campaign Encourages Americans to Resolve to Be Ready.

With the new year approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign is reminding Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2009. Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort designed to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in the new year. more

Oklahoma Eligible to Apply for $20 million in Federal Homeland Security Funding

City of Tulsa added to list of Urban Areas receiving Department of Homeland Security grant funding

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the state of Oklahoma is eligible to apply for more than $20 million in federal grant programs. One significant change for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 09), is the addition of Tulsa to the list of urban areas eligible to receive funding through Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program. Tulsa was one of only two new urban areas added to the list for FY 09. more

Oklahoma Homeland Security Director to Demonstrate Emergency Communications Capabilities in Southwest Oklahoma

Oklahoma Homeland Security Director, Kerry Pettingill, will speak to first responders in Walters Thursday acknowledging their role in the recent expansion of the statewide radio communications system newly named OKWIN (Oklahoma Wireless Information Network). The expansion of OKWIN into Cotton County allows seamless communication among public safety agencies located along Interstate 44. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is spearheading the effort to expand OKWIN not only to the “I-44 corridor”, but ultimately to every public safety agency in the state. Director Pettingill will be joined by Oklahoma State Senator, Don Barrington for a demonstration of the new capability by communicating with agencies in Miami, Tulsa, Coweta, Oklahoma City, and Lawton. more

DHS' Fifth Annual National Preparedness Month Yields Highest Level of Support to Date

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign joined with more than 3,200 National Preparedness Month coalition members in the month of September to educate individuals, families and communities on the importance of emergency preparedness. This year’s coalition of national, regional, state, and local organizations was the largest in the five year history of National Preparedness Month, and represents a 4,000 percent increase in participation to date. more

DHS Highlights Personal and Business Preparedness During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division is sponsoring the fifth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, designed to educate the public on the shared responsibility of protecting cyberspace. The department will recognize this important initiative through a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the ways in which citizens and businesses can better safeguard themselves in cyberspace. more

Lt. Governor Jari Askins to Demonstrate New Radio Communications Capabilities in Coweta

Oklahoma Lt. Governor Jari Askins will speak to first responders in Coweta today acknowledging their participation in the recent expansion of the statewide 800 MHz communications system into the area. The expansion, spear-headed by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS), is part of the final phase of the “I-44 Corridor” project making communication possible among public safety agencies located along Interstate 44 from Texas to Missouri. The Lt. Governor will be joined by Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Kerry Pettingill and together, they will demonstrate the new capability by communicating with agencies in Lawton, Oklahoma City, Miami, and Tulsa. more



Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made significant progress in protecting the nation from dangerous people and goods, protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure on which our lives and economy depend, strengthening emergency response and unifying department operations. Seven years without an attack on U.S. soil are a testament to this department’s 216,000 employees – and the nation’s first responders and law enforcement officers – who every day put service before self. Since its creation in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, the department has achieved much to protect and secure the United States. More

Oklahomans Encouraged to Plan for Emergencies During National Preparedness Month
Activities are taking place statewide promoting emergency preparedness to Oklahoma families


Oklahoma City - Governor Brad Henry has proclaimed September 2008 as National Preparedness Month in Oklahoma. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September that promotes three simple steps anyone can take to prepare for emergencies: 1) Get a Kit, 2) Make a Plan and 3) Be Informed. This year, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is promoting a variety of family friendly activities in September that highlight the importance of preparedness planning. more

DHS Releases National Emergency Communications Plan

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to address gaps and determine solutions so that emergency response personnel at all levels of government and across all disciplines can communicate as needed, on demand, and as authorized. The NECP is the nation¿s first strategic plan to improve emergency response communications, and complements overarching homeland security and emergency communications legislation, strategies and initiatives. more

Oklahoma Receives $13.2 Million for Homeland Security Initiatives within the State 

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) today announced the state of Oklahoma will receive approximately $13.2 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue funding statewide homeland security projects. This represents a 7.2% cut from fiscal year 2007 and a 32.4% cut from fiscal year 2006. more

DHS Awards $1.8 Billion in Preparedness Grants


The Department of Homeland Security announced today approximately $1.8 billion in grants to bolster state, urban area and tribal government efforts to improve the nation¿s readiness, response and recovery capabilities for both natural and man-made emergencies. The department will award approximately $3 billion in Fiscal Year 2008, and has provided roughly $25 billion in grants since Fiscal Year 2002 to state, local, and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organizations. more

FEMA Announces Solicitation to Pilot Citizen Corps National Emergency Technology Guard (Net Guard) Program

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today $320,000 is available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 to pilot, test, and develop tools for a potential new Citizen Corps (CC) National Emergency Technology Guard (NET GUARD) Program. NET Guard teams will be comprised of volunteers with information technology (IT) and communications expertise to assist States and localities in responding to and recovering from incidents that cause significant damage or destruction to IT and communications infrastructure. Teams will be a local asset, managed at the local level, and deployed in response to a request from local or State authorities. more


FEMA Announces Availability of the FY 2008 EOC Grant Program Guidance and Application Kit

The Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the availability of the FY 2008 EOC Grant Program Guidance and Application Kit. For more information and to download the Guidance and Application Kit, click here


CEDAP Releases FY 2008 Grant Application

The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) has released the grant application and the approved equipment for FY 08. CEDAP is sponsored by the National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It complements other major grant programs by providing technology and equipment, together with training and technical assistance required to operate that equipment, to public safety agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas. more

DHS Releases Infrastructure Protection Activities Overview

FEMA¿s Infrastructure Protection Activities (IPA) grant program is designed to strengthen the Nation¿s ability to protect critical infrastructure facilities and systems. To see the overview of the grant program, click here.



The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today more than $844 million in grant awards as part of its Infrastructure Protection Activities (IPA) grant program. Grant awards will strengthen security at ports and enhance transit, trucking and intercity bus systems. Funds provided will be used to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. more


Gov. Henry applauds White House for quick approval of Ottawa County tornado aid

The White House today approved Oklahoma¿s request for federal disaster assistance in the Ottawa County tornado, according to Gov. Brad Henry. more


Gov. Henry Requests Federal Disaster Assistance from Pres. Bush in Aftermath of Picher Tornado

In the wake of the deadly tornado that swept through the town of Picher on May 10, Gov. Brad Henry today asked Pres. Bush to provide a federal disaster declaration for Ottawa County. The designation would provide federal assistance to individuals and businesses in the tornado-ravaged area. more

2-1-1 Statewide Coverage Available April 1

Oklahomans now have access to the state¿s 3-digit Information and Referral hotline, 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 phone number will be ¿live¿, 24 hours daily, 365 days annually, statewide, effective April 1, as the remaining 19 counties in North Central and Northwestern Oklahoma transition into the 2-1-1 service. more

State's Newly Renovated Emergency Operations Center Open for Business

The newly renovated State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was unveiled following a ribbon-cutting by Gov. Brad Henry today. The EOC is the location from which state resources are deployed during disaster and emergency times. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) oversees operations at the EOC, which is located 20 feet below ground on the State Capitol Complex. more

Spring Breakers: If You Leave U.S., Take Appropriate Travel Documents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers planning spring break trips to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean to make sure they have the proper documents.more


Oklahoma Homeland Security Offers Security Training Course to Secondary Schools and Law Enforcement

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) today announced a training opportunity for secondary school personnel and local law enforcement officials. The School Security Assessment Training is offered by OKOHS at no charge and will provide those in attendance with the skills to conduct an assessment of security at school facilities.  more


Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Five Year Anniversary Progress and Priorities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is celebrating its five year anniversary. Since its inception, the department has expanded to over 208,000 employees in order to patrol borders, protect ports, defend the skies, enforce immigration laws, and respond to disasters and emergencies. DHS has assessed the progress its made in the last five years and also clarified what its priorities are in a recently released fact sheet. To read the fact sheet, click here.


DoD Succeeds in Intercepting Non-functioning Satellite

A network of land-, air-, sea- and spaced-based sensors confirms that the U.S. military intercepted a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite which was in its final orbits before entering the earth's atmosphere. more


Malfunctioning Satellite Points of Information

A U.S. satellite is expected to reenter Earth¿s atmosphere between the end of February and early March.  more


DHS Announces Release of Application Guidance for over $3 Billion in Grants

WASHINGTON, DC ¿ The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the release of application guidance for 14 federal grant programs whose collective purpose is to strengthen prevention, protection, response and recovery capabilities at all levels of government. The Department uses the application guidance to set strategic priorities that support President George W. Bush's National Homeland Security Strategy and align with the Department's National Preparedness Guidelines and the recently released National Response Framework. Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 grant programs provide $376.3 million more than last year to enhance the nation¿s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.  more


Important Change in International Land and Sea Travel Document Procedures

WASHINGTON ¿ The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds the traveling public that U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and older should no longer expect that they will be able to prove identity and citizenship by relying on an oral declaration alone.  Instead, travelers will be asked to present documents from one of the options below when entering the United States at land or sea ports of entry. Travelers who do not present one of the documents listed below may be delayed as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers attempt to verify their identify and citizenship.  more


National Response Framework Released

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released the National Response Framework (NRF), successor to the National Response Plan. The NRF, which focuses on response and short-term recovery, articulates the doctrine, principles and architecture by which our nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and all sectors of communities. The NRF is responsive to repeated federal, state, local and private sector requests for a streamlined document that is less bureaucratic and more user-friendly. The NRF also focuses on preparedness and encourages a higher level of readiness across all jurisdictions.  more


DHS Ends Oral Declarations at Borders, Reminds Travelers of New Procedures on January 31

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds travelers that beginning January 31, 2008, border crossers will be asked to present documents denoting citizenship and identity when entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. This change primarily affects United States and Canadian citizens, who have previously been permitted entry by oral declaration alone, and marks the transition toward standard and consistent documents for all travelers entering the country. It is also the start of a more robust and concerted public education campaign, intended to inform travelers of document requirements which will be implemented next year.  more


DHS Provides Nearly $34 Million to First Responders in Smaller Communities Nationwide

WASHINGTON ¿ The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the award of $33.7 million to fund equipment and training for first responders across the nation as a part of the fiscal year 2007 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Since the program¿s inception in 2005, DHS has provided roughly 5,800 direct assistance awards worth more than $103 million for all hazards in smaller jurisdictions nationwide.  more