Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Shake it Up Baby! California’s Annual Earthquake Drills

Tomorrow (October 15, 2015) public and private organizations across the globe will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut sponsored by the Southern California Earthquake Center. Currently, over 40 million participants are registered. The majority of registered participants are K-12 schools and colleges/universities, accounting for over 30 million of the drill’s...

Increasing Border Security and Decreasing Queue Times: GPO & CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program Cards

The Government Printing Office (GPO) finished the production of five million Trusted Traveler Program (TPP) cards for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These credentials will be used to identify participants in CBP’s TPP programs, which includes NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST and Global Entry. These...

“A Penny For Your Thoughts”…How About (up to) $100,000?

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has stated that they will open a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas in the year 2022. This “Think and Do Challenge” gives you the chance to throw your ideas (and approaches) into the ring for a chance to win...

National Preparedness Goal

“A secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” FEMA has released the Second Edition of the National Preparedness Goal. The Goal “sets the vision for preparedness nationwide and...

Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response

The International Association of Emergency Managers released a InterAgency Board (IAB) compiled report titled: Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response: Best Practices and Recommendations (September 2015 issue). Within this issue there are five main focus areas: (1) policy, (2) planning, (3) medical, rescue, and equipment, (4) training and exercises, and (5) incident command. The purpose...

HHS Launches System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

 Disasters can strike in an instant.  While impossible to prevent, preparation can decrease the amount of suffering and increase the ability to bounce back.  In light of this, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched a new...

Bipartisan Committee Releases Report on Foreign Fighters

The U.S. House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee, released its final report, Final Report of the Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign fighter Travel. The Task Force conducted a six month review to “assess the severity of the threat from individuals who leave home to join jihadist groups overseas and...

FBI Releases 2014 U.S. Crime Data

Each year the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes the annual arrest statistics from the year prior. Today the FBI released its Uniform Crime Reports: 2014: Crime in the United States. This vast dataset is displayed in three categories: Offenses Known to Law...

USGS ‘Eggcelling’ with Bird Flu Research Strategy

The first thing most consumers check when purchasing eggs at a grocery store is whether or not any of them are broken, but nowadays consumers are checking something else even before they reach for the carton…the price.  The recent outbreak of avian influenza viruses, including the highly pathogenic avian influenza...

Security Preparations for Pope Francis’ Visit

Pope Francis’ visit to the US next week poses significant security challenges.  The Secret Service has committed an unprecedented amount of time and manpower to ensuring the Pope’s security during his five-day tour, even going so far as to declare his visit a National Special Security Event (NSSE).  A recent...