2002 – Homeland Security Act is signed into law
Nov 25 all-day
2002 - Homeland Security Act is signed into law

On November 25, 2002, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) was signed into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security.

The complete text of Public Law 107-296 is available at the following link:

Public Law 107-296: Homeland Security Act of 2002

World BOSAI Forum: International Disaster and Risk Conference 2017 @ Sendai International Center
Nov 25 @ 7:33 pm – Nov 27 @ 8:33 pm

Save the Date!

From the conference website: ”

The forum is a venue to spin knowledge from disasters and weave wisdom of disaster risk reduction into society.

The forum will:

  1. promote the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  2. explore Japanese experiences on disaster risk reduction and observe recovery process of the TOhoku Region
  3. welcome participants from disaster risk reduction experts as well as non- experts
  4. explore and develop opportunities in disaster risk reduction
  5. focus on solution-oriented discussion on disaster risk reduction with concrete examples provided by multi-stakeholders
  6. thank assistance to Tohoku from all over the world after the 11 March 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster”
2015 – Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting
Nov 27 all-day

From International Security webpage:

“On November 27, 2015, Robert Dear was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado following a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead and nine others wounded. Dear is being held in police custody on suspicion of first-degree murder. Formal charges, however, are not expected until his next court hearing on December 9th. One of Dear’s ex-wives has stated that he glued the locks of a Planned Parenthood near their home decades ago. The New York Times reported that one person who spoke with Dear extensively told them that he had praised the Army of God, an loose organization that commits violence against abortion providers, as heroes. After the shooting, Dear reportedly made a comment about ‘no more baby parts.’ The government, however, has not commented on Dear’s motivations for allegedly conducting the attack.”

Related HSDL Feature Topic Lists:

Lone Wolf Terrorism

Domestic Terrorism

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2015 – San Bernardino Shooting
Dec 2 all-day

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured from a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center (in San Bernardino). Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple, targeted the County’s Department of Public Health training event and holiday party. Farook (American-born) and Malik (Pakistani-born) were permanent residents of the United States.

This shooting has been labeled as the “second-deadliest mass shooting in California after the 1984 San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre.”

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1941 – Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance
Dec 7 all-day
1941 - Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance @ Pearl Harbor | Hawaii | United States

At 0755 on December 7, 1941, the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor began with a first wave of 183 aircraft. The second wave of 170 aircraft came at 0845. The entire attack lasted just under two hours; the Japanese aircraft ended the attack at 0945. This two hour surprise attack claimed the lives of 2,403 U.S. personnel and injured 1,178. It totaled two battleships (Arizona and Oklahoma), one auxiliary ship (Utah), and destroyed 169 U.S. aircraft. Eighteen other ships and 159 aircraft were damaged.

The attack on Pearl Harbor pushed the United States to officially declare war on Japan on December 8, 1941. This declaration began the U.S. official entry into World War II. The attack came halfway through the federal government’s fiscal year.  As a positive result, the proposed “war budget” was relatively modest and neither President Franklin D. Roosevelt nor Congress sought carte blanche war spending. The Congressional Research Service’s Report for Congress RS21010 details the “Initial Federal Budget Response to the 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor.”

Anniversary events commemorating the attack on Oahu’s Pearl Harbor include boat tours of notable sites, a sunset ceremony honoring those lost on the USS Utah, a 0745 USS Arizona ceremony, a USS Oklahoma Memorial ceremony, among many community theater and organization events.

Photographic Journal of the Day

2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown, CT
Dec 14 all-day

On Friday, December 14th, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a 20-year-old armed man shot and killed 20 6- and 7-year-old children and 6 adults at the school, in addition to his mother at her home and himself. This event heightened growing concerns about school security.

For resources related to school violence and school security, see the following Featured Topic page from the HSDL:

HSDL Featured Topic: School Violence
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2015 – Charlie Hebdo Shooting
Jan 7 all-day

On January 7th, 2015, two Islamist brothers killed eleven and wounded several people in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo (a satirical magazine). During this time, other coordinated attacks were happening around Paris. The two gunmen escaped, and were later killed in a siege. This incident has caused an increased search for related terrorists in France, Belgium and other neighboring countries.

The following report Blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, and the Freedom of Belief and Expression: The Paris Attacks and the Reactions can be found on HSDL by clicking here.

After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion: Majority Says Publishing Cartoons was ‘Okay,’ byt about Half of non-whites say ‘not okay’ was published. Document can also be found here.

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2011 – Shooting attack at Gabrielle Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner Event in Tucson, AZ
Jan 8 all-day

On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was a victim of shooting attack at a public “Congress on your Corner” event hosted by Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords was critically wounded by a gunshot wound to the head. An additional thirteen people were injured, and six, including Federal Judge, John McCarthy Roll, were killed in the shooting.

For more information see the text of H. Res. 32: Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives with Respect to the Tragic Shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011 or watch the C-SPAN video feed here.

Transportation Research Board Webinar: Uses of Social Media During an Airport Emergency
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Transportation Research Board Webinar: Uses of Social Media During an Airport Emergency

This webinar will serve as an introduction to using social media platforms at airports to enhance situational awareness and resource allocation decisions during emergency situations. The presenters will describe how social media has changed the speed of communications that an airport may expect to experience, and how airports may affect the flow of information that may assist with making critical decisions.

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 2:00 – 3:30PM ET that features research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)’s Synthesis 82: Uses of Social Media to Inform Operational Response and Recovery During an Airport Emergency.

This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.  

Webinar Presenters

  • James Smith, Smith-Woolwine Inc.
  • Kim Kenville, University of North Dakota
  • Amanda Greene Guentzel, Metropolitan Airports Commission – MSP Airport

Moderated by:  John Valadez, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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1993 – World Trade Center Bombing
Feb 26 all-day

On February 26, 1993, a small group of terrorists perpetrated an attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Headed by Pakistani Islamist Ramzi Yousef, the group successfully placed a bomb in the parking garage located below the WTC. The bomb went off shortly past noon, creating a nearly 100-foot crater beneath the building. Six people were killed instantly and more than a thousand were injured. This attack was one of the first conducted by Islamist extremists on US soil.

For more information on terrorism in the United States, check out the following HSDL Feature Topic page:

HSDL Featured Topic: Domestic Terrorism: Jihadist/Islamist

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