At Domestic Preparedness, we strive to keep people informed and aware of the latest preparedness news. Please see below for more detailed updates we obtain each month from various resources. 


APHIS Releases New Strategic Plan for 2023-2027

The U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a new 5-year strategic plan. It incorporates input we received from stakeholders on the strategic framework‚ÄĒa summarized version of the plan that we published in June 2022. The plan includes six strategic goals.

DHS and DOJ Finalize Rule to Incentivize Use of Lawful Immigration Pathways

After receiving and considering over 50,000 public comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) finalized a new rule to further incentivize individuals to use lawful, safe, and orderly pathways to enter the

DHS S&T Partners with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Improve Capabilities of Portable Drug Detection Systems

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with vendors and manufacturers of portable drug detectors to improve their ability to identify different narcotics, like fentanyl. Through collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), S&T has offered 12 original equipment manufacturers

TSA Awards Up to $128 Million to Manufacture, Procure and Maintain the Second Generation of Credential Authentication Technology (CAT-2) Systems for Airport Security Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with a value of up to $128 million, to Idemia Identity and Security USA, LLC for the second-generation Credential Authentication Technology (CAT-2) systems and support services at TSA security checkpoints.

Operation Blue Lotus Stops Over 4,000 Pounds of Fentanyl in First Month

DHS issued an update today on Operation Blue Lotus as part of the Biden Administration’s significant and historic actions to disrupt the trafficking of synthetic drugs, representing a major contribution to a government-wide effort to save lives and pursue justice and accountability. In its first month, Operation Blue Lotus, a

2023 International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference

The Hazardous Materials Committee of the International Fire Chiefs Association is happy to welcome attendees back in person for HAZMAT 2023! The International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference (HAZMAT) is a four-day event that will be held this year at the Hilton of Baltimore, Maryland from June 8-11, 2023, with an additional

Collaborative Reform Initiative (CRI)

The Collaborative Reform Initiative encompasses three technical assistance programs offering expert services to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support effective community policing.  This continuum of services is designed to build trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve; improve operational efficiencies and effectiveness; enhance

TSA Administrator testifies about FY24 proposed budget that improves security, efficiency and traveler experience

During testimony today before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske discussed the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for TSA.As approved in the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations Act and signed by the President in December 2022, this budget proposal includes necessary funding for


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