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DHS First Responders Group Develops Mutual Aid Planning Prototype App

The Department of Homeland Security‘s first responders group has developed a prototype application designed to support mutual aid resource planning between emergency responders. DHS said Wednesday the Mutual Aid Resource Planner is based on the ArcGIS Online cloud-based platform and is designed to be managed by a community or emergency management agency. MARP works to help planners add …

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NIST Leads Federal Effort to Assess, Reduce Windstorm Impacts

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will spearhead a federal program that aims to study wind behavior in a push to cut the risk of loss of life and property damage from windstorms. NIST said Tuesday the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program covers three long-term strategic goals along with 14 key objectives and seven …

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John Kelly Assumes Role as DHS Secretary

John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former head of the U.S. Southern Command, took his oath of office as the country’s fifth homeland security secretary after he received Senate confirmation Friday. The 45-year military veteran now leads the Department of Homeland Security and its components that include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation …

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DHS S&T Explosives Unit Funds Oak Ridge Geospatial Tool Project

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s explosives division has funded an Oak Ridge National Laboratory research project to develop a geospatial tool for communication, collaboration and situational awareness uses in security events. DHS said Friday the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit aids bomb squads on the assessment of impacts …

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Trump Names Thomas Bossert Top Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Adviser

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Thomas Bossert, president of risk management consulting firm CDS Consulting and senior fellow of the U.S. Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, to be his assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. The transition team said Tuesday Bossert will advise the incoming U.S. president and coordinate the cabinet’s process to create policy …

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Sen. Tom Carper: HQ Consolidation Could Save DHS $1B

A report from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) estimates that the Department of Homeland Security will save nearly $1.2 billion over 30 years if DHS completes the  consolidation of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths West campus in Washington, D.C. The report, titled “DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths: Better Results for Less Money,” recommends the incoming administration …

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DOE Monitors Energy Infrastructure as Hurricane Matthew Reaches Florida

The Energy Department has deployed teams of emergency responders to monitor energy infrastructure as Hurricane Matthew hits Florida. DOE said Thursday the department’s responders are communicating with other responders and the energy sector to support the government’s restoration efforts. DOE works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, …

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DHS Org Seeks Flood Response, Resilience Strategies; Daniel Cotter Comments

The first responders group within the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate seeks public input that can assist flood-related research and development efforts. FRG seeks answers to a set of questions about data sources, information sharing platforms and emergency-specific support efforts to facilitate future flood response preparation, DHS said Thursday. The queries are part of the group’s National …

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