Updates

DHS Designated as the Lead Federal Agency to Respond to Russia-Related Impacts to the United States

The President has designated the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the lead Federal agency to coordinate domestic preparedness and response efforts related to the current Russia-Ukraine crisis. While there are no specific threats to the homeland at this time, DHS is taking appropriate steps to ensure Federal efforts are coordinated should the need arise.

Rensselaer Research Teams Receive Funding To Further Understanding of Robotics

Two School of Engineering projects secure nearly $900,000 from Department of Defense. These projects were chosen as they focus on modernization priorities set by the U.S. Department of Defense while strengthening U.S. manufacturing and empowering workers.

Joint Statement by Secretaries Raimondo and Mayorkas on Assessment of Critical Supply Chains Supporting the Information and Communications Technology Industry

Directed by President Biden as part of the executive order on America’s supply chains, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security evaluated the current supply chain conditions for select hardware and software products, identified key risks that threaten to disrupt those supply chains, and proposed a strategy to mitigate risk and strengthen supply chain resiliency.

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) have partnered on the jointly funded Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security (BIRD) Homeland Security program. The program has announced the 2022 call for proposals seeking collaborative projects between U.S. and Israeli entities to develop advanced solutions for mission-critical homeland security needs with the potential to enhance safety and security around the globe.

DHS CWMD and Seattle Conduct a Biological Threat Preparedness Exercise

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), Seattle area emergency managers, public health officials, laboratory officials, and first responders conducted a virtual tabletop exercise of the BioWatch program. Participants discussed how they would respond in the event of a bioterrorist incident and identified ways to improve coordination.

Domestic Preparedness Journal Offers "Articles Out Loud"

The Domestic Preparedness Journal recognizes that emergency preparedness professionals are incredibly busy, and often on the road. To give you more opportunities to benefit from the articles in the Journal, each week you will be able to download the article for the week in Articles Out Loud under the Podcast channel on www.domesticpreparedness.com that will be available for a trial period. If the downloads from this trial period are significant, the Journal will look at making them a regular part of its offerings on a weekly basis. The Journal will be offering this service free to its readers through the end of June.  Juvare, the developer of WebEOC, is helping sponsor this trial period.

USDA Increases Efforts to Protect U.S. Poultry and Expands Wild Bird Surveillance for Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is announcing the expansion of wild bird surveillance for avian influenza to include the Mississippi and Central Flyways.

Secretary Becerra Announces HHS Purchase of 600,000 Treatment Courses of New Monoclonal Antibody That Works Against Omicron

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra is announcing that the federal government has purchased 600,000 treatment courses of a new monoclonal antibody treatment that data shows works against the Omicron variant.

News Release: DHS S&T Posts 17 R&D Needs in Annual Long Range Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) posted the annual release of the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement, an open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to propose novel ideas that address DHS Components' highest priority operational needs.

DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

This NTAS Bulletin outlines the key factors that have increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the current threat environment, and highlights resources for individuals and communities to stay safe.