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Entries Tagged as 'Department of Homeland Security'

Why Not Allow The Public To “See Something, Say Something” With More Educated Eyes & Mouths

June 7th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Since the Times Square bombing attempt, I have been writing about the role of the citizen in homeland security and in particular the use (and potential) of “See Something, Say Something”-type campaigns. In the aftermath of the New York incident and the ‘Christmas Day bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – both foiled with the help of average [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · See Something/Terrorism Tips

New DHS Video To Help Retailers Stop Terrorism Says Citizens Have “Obligation To Help…Because Sometimes Ordinary People Can Stop Extraordinary Events” — Why Not Show It To Broader Public?

June 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Via the National Terror Alert Twitter feed, I just watched an interesting video produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “What’s in Store: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Events,” aimed at helping retail employees spot suspicious activity. According to the video’s transcript:
“We all share the responsibility to fight terror and criminal misconduct. But as someone [...]

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DHS National Challenge Asks For Ideas From Americans Of All Ages For Communicating With Public On Cybersecurity

April 18th, 2010 · No Comments

As part of its public outreach, the Department of Homeland Security has launched the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge whose goal is “to get the best ideas from organizations and individuals for clearly and comprehensively communicating about cybersecurity with the American public.” (I’m a little late on this, but it was announced while the blog was [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Preparedness Ideas · Preparedness Incentives

In Harvard Speech, Napolitano Says Citizens Deserve “Clear Appraisement” Of Terror Threats; Challenges Americans That “Every Single One Of Us Can Become Smarter, Can Become Better Informed, And Better Prepared”

April 16th, 2010 · 6 Comments

In a speech aimed at the public and delivered last night at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said U.S. citizens deserve a “clear appraisement” of the terror threats and challenged Americans that “every single one of us can become smarter, can become better informed, and better prepared.”
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New Report Shows How Innovative QHSR Outreach Worked, Offers Recommendations For Further Engagement With Public & Other Stakeholders

April 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Department of Homeland Security’s most significant policy outreach to the public in its six-year history has been the National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The Dialogue was an innovative web-based outreach tool created by DHS and the National Academy of Public Administration(NAPA) last year to help solicit stakeholder input on the “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). (The QHSR [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Preparedness Reports

DHS Creates Community Preparedness Task Force; Will Hopefully Include Citizen POV

April 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday announced the formation of “the local, state, tribal, and federal Preparedness Task Force—a council of experts charged with assessing the state of the nation’s disaster preparedness and making recommendations to Secretary Napolitano about ways to build resiliency in communities across America.”
This blog has recommended that the [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Preparedness Groups

Whatever Administration Decides On Its Disaster Drilling Policy Review, Include The Public In The Drills

April 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu reported Friday that the Obama Administration is reevaluating the nation’s policy on large-scale national disaster exercises. In the article, “National Disaster Exercises, Called Too Costly And Scripted, May Be Scaled Back,” Hsu writes that the Administration is:
considering whether to scale back next year’s National Level Exercise, the annual drill [previously [...]

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On Veterans Day: Thank You, Fifth Avenue Parade, Special DHS Website, Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail For Heroes”

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

To all veterans, thank you. I had the great opportunity to attend today’s Veterans Day parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

MARCHERS AT TODAY’S VETERANS DAY PARADE ON FIFTH AVENUE IN NEW YORK CITY
A relatively big (though not nearly big enough) and emotional crowd lined the parade route shouting “thank you” to the marching veterans, young and old. [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Red Cross

To Make Family Emergency Planning More Effective (& Credible), Should It Be Done Together With Schools, Businesses, Neighbors, Responders? Maybe On A Specific Day?

November 9th, 2009 · 6 Comments

In a speech at the London School Economics last week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano brought her theme of “shared responsibility” across the Atlantic. She told the audience — which included a number of American students — that as part of U.S. homeland security, ”individuals have responsibilities, families have responsibilities to be prepared…to have thought what they would [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Pets · Preparedness Ideas · Public Opinion

FEMA Asking For Public Input On Private Sector Preparedness, Flood Insurance Program

November 7th, 2009 · No Comments

In an effort to reach out to its stakeholders, including the public, FEMA has announced outreach initiatives on business preparedness and flood insurance.
First, the agency will be holding a series of public meetings throughout the U.S. on the Department of Homeland Security’s Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep). PS-Prep is a partnership between DHS [...]

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Tags: Business Preparedness · Department of Homeland Security · Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness Events