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Release Date: January 28, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

LONDON — Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today visited London to meet with international colleagues to discuss ongoing collaboration between the United States, the United Kingdom and other international partners to strengthen the security of the global supply chain, including the implementation of a series of new initiatives — announced earlier this month in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO) — to make the system stronger, smarter and more resilient.

"Securing the global supply chain is part and parcel of securing both the lives of people around the world, and the stability of the global economy," said Secretary Napolitano. "The United States is committed to working closely with the United Kingdom and all of our global partners to prevent attacks on or disruptions of this powerful engine of jobs and prosperity."

In her meeting with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary Napolitano reiterated the Obama administration’s commitment to working closely with IMO — the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of global shipping — to leverage the best practices and expertise of IMO, in partnership with global organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and WCO to collectively strengthen the security and resilience of the global supply chain.

While in London, Secretary Napolitano also held meetings with Home Secretary Theresa May and UK Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to discuss efforts to enhance the security of cyber networks and infrastructure, protect the global supply chain, and ensure the security of our global aviation system against threats of terrorism while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

Earlier this month, Secretary Napolitano traveled to Brussels to meet with top European officials and join WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya to announce a new partnership between DHS and the WCO to enlist other nations, international bodies and the private sector in increasing the security of the global supply chain. These initiatives are designed to prevent terrorists from exploiting the global supply chain to plan and execute attacks; protect the most critical elements of the supply chain system, such as transportation hubs and related critical infrastructure, from attacks and disruptions; and build the resilience of the global supply chain to ensure that if something does happen, the supply chain can recover quickly.

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There is an ancient saying that “A man’s home is his castle”. Nothing justifies this statement more than a safe room of the house. In times of natural and manmade calamities one appreciates the importance of a safe room. In a layman’s terminology, a safe room can be defined as a specific room that you have chosen and remobilized to provide you shelter and protection in case of natural disaster, e.g. flooding and hurricanes amongst others. Not any room can be a safe room. Three are factors that one needs to consider whilst building a safe room and as such it is important to consult a professional contractor when doing so.

However, a safe room will cease to be a safe room if you lack the provision necessary in it while sheltering from a natural disaster or calamities for days on. Having recognized this, the article seeks to provide some detailed information on what one needs to have in a safe room at all times.

Instructions

First and foremost, ensure that your safe room has adequate provisions such as water and food stuff. If you have a safe room in the basement you can have a food cabinet installed where you can keep dried and non perishable food stuffs. Once a natural disaster warning has been issued, it is vital that you store as much food as possible that will last your whole household for a couple of days that you will be in the safe house. Of uttermost importance is water. It is true that you can survive for days on without food but it will be impossible to go or more than three days without water. Pack as many water containers as you can in your safe house.

Secondly, make certain that your safe house has a first aid kit in it. There are a number of things that a first aid kit ought to include, e.g. scissors, bandages, adhesive bandages and pain killers. When purchasing your first aid kit consult the pharmacy you are buying from whether the first aid kit has all that is needed in case someone sustains injuries.

Thirdly, your safe room needs to have some means of communication. Given that there may be no electricity during natural calamities, e.g. floods and hurricanes it is important to have in the room a battery powered radio. This will enable you to know the happenings that are occurring in the outside world and whether it is safe to come out. Furthermore, you can also have cell phone with you. Having a torch is also good in case the power goes off.

Last but not least, you need to know that safe house is a shelter and as such you will require all other basic necessities such as blankets and sleeping bags as you will be spending your nights in there. Pack enough blankets that can cover everybody in the household.

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Rarely do people think that they will be forming part of the statistics on rising cases of divorce at the onset of a marriage. At the beginning it is all love and emotions. Nonetheless, overtime there are those who cannot bear their spouse due to various reasons. The adage, familiarity breeds contempt is not in vain at all. When the worse comes to worst, either of the spouses may decide to seek for divorce or marriage annulment. This is a legal requirement if you want to separate from your spouse for good following a marriage. If you are faced by such a circumstance, it is highly recommended that you seek the services of a family lawyer.

A misconception by a majority of people is that they can easily go through a divorce process without the need of a family lawyer. That is wrong. Different states have different laws regarding divorce and annulment. In addition, there are other intrigues such as case filling and presentation, child support, alimony and property division that you have to deal with regarding the laws of your state or country. Without the assistance of a family attorney, you may find most if not all of these issues mind gobbling and in most instances the spouse having a family lawyer may just as well trump on your rights as a parent. To help you understand the importance of a family lawyer, the article has put different scenarios that you will require a lawyer for.

First and foremost, a divorce attorney will be helpful in assisting with the negotiations that are involved in a divorce. These include, child custody, child support, alimony and asset division amongst other things. Where both parties want that the assets be divided equally, a divorce attorney will make certain that each person gets what is required, except there exists other documentations such as pre-nuptial agreement relates to property division in case of divorce.

Secondly, family divorce lawyers are known for dedicating their time in discussing with you some of the details that relates to your case. The decisions that they make are based on the concerns that they may have and the objectives that they would like to acquire at the end of a divorce proceeding. Having the services of a family lawyer makes certain that you legally get what is owed to you at the end of a divorce proceeding.

Thirdly, whenever an appearance is needed at the law courts, your attorney will make a presentation for you. They will harmoniously resolve any issues that may arise such as spousal support, child custody, none custodial child support as well as dissolution of assets between the parties that are involved in the case.

Fourthly, it is important to know that in some instances, it may not be possible to resolve divorce cases unless you are in front of a judge and in the presence of an expert attorney. Whereas, you may regard this as additional expenses, the assistance your family lawyer will provide you with during the divorce settlement will be worth the investments.

Remember that in your attempt to try and salvage legal fees, you may end up losing a lot more than you bargained for in a divorce proceeding.

Release Date: January 27, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

DHS Discontinues Color-Coded Alert System

Washington, D.C. - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will discontinue the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) in favor of a new system, the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), that will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

The National Terrorism Advisory System will be implemented over the next 90 days in order for DHS and our federal, state, local, tribal, community and private sector partners to transition to the new system.

“Security is a shared responsibility, and we must work together to keep our nation safe from threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “This new system is built on a clear and simple premise: when a credible threat develops that could impact the public, we will tell you and provide whatever information we can so that you know how to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe.”

HSAS was first introduced on March 11, 2002. In July 2009, Secretary Napolitano formed a bipartisan task force of security experts, state and local elected and law enforcement officials, and other key stakeholders—co-chaired by Fran Townsend, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security, and Judge William Webster, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—to assess the effectiveness of HSAS. The results of this assessment formed the basis of the National Terrorism Advisory System.

Under the new system, DHS will coordinate with other federal entities to issue formal, detailed alerts when the federal government receives information about a specific or credible terrorist threat. These alerts will include a clear statement that there is an “imminent threat” or “elevated threat.” The alerts also will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals and communities, businesses and governments can take.

The National Terrorism Advisory System alerts will be based on the nature of the threat: in some cases, alerts will be sent directly to law enforcement or affected areas of the private sector, while in others, alerts will be issued more broadly to the American people through both official and media channels—including a designated DHS webpage (www.dhs.gov/alerts), as well as social media channels including Facebook and via Twitter @NTASAlerts

Additionally, NTAS will have a “sunset provision,” meaning that individual threat alerts will be issued with a specified end date. Alerts may be extended if new information becomes available or if the threat evolves significantly.

Secretary Napolitano announced this change today during her “State of America’s Homeland Security” address at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. A copy of her prepared remarks is available here.

For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System, visit www.dhs.gov/alerts.

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Release Date: January 27, 2011

Washington, D.C.
George Washington University
(Remarks as Prepared)

Good afternoon, and thank you President Knapp for that kind introduction, and for the invitation to be here at George Washington University.

I’ll be speaking at several colleges and universities throughout the year about different aspects of homeland security. I’m happy to kick things off here, though, with an address on the overall state of our homeland security.

So, thank you to the Homeland Security Policy Institute. And I want to especially acknowledge the Institute’s founding director, Frank Cilluffo, who is a good friend of DHS. Frank is one of those who were "present at the creation" of our homeland security effort after the 9/11 attacks. And under his leadership, the Homeland Security Policy Institute has been at the vanguard of treating homeland security as its own discipline that demands serious study.

Because of this Institute, and other efforts emerging at colleges and universities across the country, homeland security is taking its place among longer-standing fields – like international affairs and criminal justice – as an area where major global challenges are being studied and addressed. For the students and young professionals here with us today, or watching online, you are the next wave of homeland security thinkers, professionals, and managers. You can – and undoubtedly will – have a significant influence on this emerging field.

I also want to take a moment to note that the very existence of the Department of Homeland Security is due, in large part, to the efforts of Senator Joe Lieberman. Senator Lieberman could not be here this afternoon. But all of us know about, and have tremendous appreciation for, his tireless, nonpartisan efforts to make our country more secure.

Two days ago, President Obama delivered to Congress and the American people his annual address on the state of our union, a tradition that goes as far back as 1790 with the namesake of this institution. Today, I’m beginning a new tradition, an annual assessment of the state of our homeland security. I want to begin by telling two stories that illustrate the breadth and the complexity of our challenge, but also the humanity of it as well.

Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of spending New Years in Kabul, Afghanistan, with many of the men and women serving in our armed forces and our civilian mission there. I met with soldiers at the Torkham Forward Operating Base and was briefed on operations at Torkham Gate, a heavily-trafficked border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is near Jallalabad, not far from the Khyber Pass, and it’s where Afghan and U.S. officials – including border security and customs officials from the Department of Homeland Security – work side by side to provide security, while allowing legal commerce and travel to get through.

The second experience was very different, and took place a little more than a year ago at Ellis Island. I was leading a naturalization ceremony – another great honor of this job. I read the oath of allegiance to new Americans from 48 different countries, including a 95-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic. Collectively, in that room, were dozens of individuals, with very different backgrounds, who all wanted the same thing – to accept the rights, and the responsibilities, of American citizenship.

These two experiences remind us that the hard work of securing the U.S. homeland stretches from the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other far-off places, all the way back to the Main streets of our smallest home towns. They remind of us of why that hard work must be done; who we are doing it for; and how we must conduct ourselves while carrying it out. And they remind us that securing the homeland means upholding the very values on which this country was founded, and honoring the millions who passed through Ellis Island – and the ones still coming today – seeking the promise and blessings of America.

So, what, then, is the state of homeland security today? I can report that our young department has matured, building on the good work of my two predecessors, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

I can also report that our homeland is more secure that it was ten years ago, and, indeed, more secure than it was two years ago.

If these were ordinary times, that might suffice. But these are not ordinary times. The kinds of threats we now face demonstrate that our homeland security is a shared responsibility. Only a "whole of nation approach" will bring us to the level of security and resilience we require.

So over the last two years, our approach has acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security – indeed, the whole Federal government and the military – cannot, itself, deliver security. Real security requires the engagement of our entire society, with government, law enforcement, the private sector, and the public all playing their respective roles.

From day one, the Obama Administration has operated on the premise that security is a shared responsibility – that no matter who you are – from students and professors to first responders to everyday citizens – we all play a part.

Because of the trust we have in Americans to share in our collective security, today I announce the end of the old system of color-coded alerts. In its place, we will implement a new system that is built on a clear and simple premise: When a threat develops that could impact you – the public – we will tell you. We will provide whatever information we can so you know how to protect yourselves, your families, and your communities.

Under the new, two-tiered system, DHS will coordinate with other Federal entities to issue formal, detailed alerts regarding information about a specific or credible terrorist threat. These alerts will include a clear statement that there is an "imminent threat" or "elevated threat." The alerts also will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals and communities can take.

The new system reflects the reality that we must always be on alert and be ready. When we have information about a specific, credible threat, we will issue a formal alert providing as much information as we can. Depending on the nature of the threat, the alert may be limited to a particular audience, like law enforcement, or a segment of the private sector, like shopping malls or hotels. Or, the alert may be issued more broadly to the American people, distributed – through a statement from DHS – by the news media and social media channels.

The alerts will be specific to the threat. They may recommend certain actions, or suggest looking for specific suspicious behavior. And they will have a specified end date.

Today, we are beginning a 90-day implementation period in which Federal, state and local government, law enforcement entities, private and non-profit sector partners, airports, and other transport hubs will officially transition to the new system, which flows from evolving practice in the last few years. This means that the days are numbered for the automated recordings at airports, and announcements about a color code level that were, too often, accompanied by little practical information.

As I said, this new National Terrorism Advisory System is built on the common-sense belief that we are all in this together, and that we all have a role to play. This system was developed in that same collaborative spirit. It was largely the work of a bipartisan task force that included law enforcement, former Mayors and Governors, and members of the previous administration. Some of them are here today, and I thank them, and ask for a round of applause for their great work that led to this new tool in our homeland security arsenal.

Continuing to evolve our approach to defending the homeland remains critical because the threats we face today are real, they are persistent, and they are evolving rapidly. We know that al Qaeda, and other groups sharing their terrorist ideology, continue to target us. Increasingly, this is done through al Qaeda affiliates in places like Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. We are also dealing with the threat from terrorists who use the Internet and social media like Facebook and YouTube to reach vulnerable individuals and inspire new recruits.

Historically, our domestic counterterrorism efforts were based on the belief that we faced the greatest risk from attacks planned, and carried out, by individuals coming from abroad. But the arrests of an increasing number of U.S. persons on terror-related charges in the last two years mean that we must move beyond this paradigm. These include Najibullah Zazi, a legal permanent resident arrested in 2009 for plotting to attack the New York City subway system; Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who attempted to explode a car bomb in Times Square last year; as well as more recent arrests in Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; and here in the Washington area.

Today, we operate under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts might already be in the country, and could carry out further acts of terrorist violence with little or no warning. We must all work to gain a better understanding of the behaviors, tactics, and other indicators that could point to terrorist activity.

At the same time, we face the possibility of sophisticated attacks ranging from chemical, biological, and nuclear, to attacks in cyberspace. Indeed, in just the last year, we’ve seen the full spectrum of cyber threats, from denial-of-service attacks and spamming to attacks with spyware.

Finally, we know that our borders and ports of entry represent potential avenues, not just for terrorist travel, but also for threats in the form of smuggling, human trafficking, and transnational crime.

So as I said earlier, our approach to confronting these threats has been to build and strengthen partnerships, and to build a shared sense of responsibility for our security by working with state, local and, tribal law enforcement, our international allies, partners in the private sector, and of course, the American people.

Despite our title, the Department of Homeland Security does not possess sole responsibility for securing the homeland within the Federal government.

Our nation’s armed forces may be thousands of miles from our shores, living in Forwarding Operating Bases far from loved ones or the comforts of home, but they’re every bit on the frontlines of our homeland security. They have helped to significantly degrade al Qaeda’s capabilities to mount major attacks right here in the United States and elsewhere throughout the world.

The Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, and the entire Intelligence Community, of which DHS is a member, is producing more and better streams of intelligence than at any time in the past. The National Counterterrorism Center has made critical improvements to our federal watchlisting systems and to the coordination of our counterterrorism efforts.

And of course, the Federal homeland security enterprise includes our strong partners at the Department of Justice and the FBI, whose work has led to the arrest of more than two-dozen Americans on terrorism-related charges since 2009.

At the Department of Homeland Security over the last two years, we've seen some extraordinary progress and hard work pay off. But that could not have happened without the dedicated, professional men and women of this great Department, like the nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers who work tirelessly, and often thanklessly, to deter and prevent terrorist attacks on passenger planes; the more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents who put their lives on the line to protect our borders; the more than 10,000 officers and investigators who enforce our immigration laws, and bring to justice those who seek to traffic drugs, arms and people; the more than 40,000 men and women who serve in the United States Coast Guard protecting our maritime borders; or the thousands of scientists and engineers working on the next generation of security technology; the security guards at government buildings; the trainers of our law enforcement professionals; or the intelligence analysts working around the clock to stay ahead of emerging threats.

But the homeland security enterprise extends far beyond DHS and the federal government. As I said, it requires not just a "whole of government," but a "whole of nation" approach. In some respects, local law enforcement, community groups, citizens, and the private sector play as much of a role in homeland security as the federal government. That is why I like to say that "homeland security starts with hometown security."

For example, we know that communities can play a vital security role when they forge strong partnerships with local law enforcement. In fact, this is something of an old story in our nation’s history. Americans have long helped to secure their hometowns, as well as their homeland, from our tradition of civil defense, to more recent efforts like neighborhood watches and community-oriented policing initiatives.

A study just last year study found that, between 1999 and 2009, more than 80 percent of foiled terrorist plots in the United States were thwarted because of observations from law enforcement or the general public.

At DHS, we also work closely with a diverse array of religious, ethnic, and community organizations and leaders. Members of these communities have, in fact, been critical in thwarting violence. And, like all Americans, they play very positive roles in enriching our national life.

And so, every day at DHS, we are doing everything we can to get more information, more tools, and more resources out of Washington, DC, and into the hands of the men and women on the front lines.

That is why we launched the national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign last year to raise awareness of potential terrorist tactics, and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. You’ve no doubt heard this campaign if you’ve ridden on Metro or Amtrak. And we have continued to expand this effort across the country in partnership with professional and collegiate sports, shopping centers – like the Mall of America – and retailers – like Wal-Mart.

We also see this effort as a partnership between citizens and local police. Therefore, we’ve worked closely with the Department of Justice to expand the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting, or SAR, initiative. Currently active in over two dozen states and cities, and soon to be utilized by fusion centers, transit police, and other groups across the country, the SAR initiative creates a standard process for law enforcement to identify and report suspicious activity so it can be shared nationally and analyzed for broader trends.

I want to pause here to make an important point. Both the "If You See Something, Say Something" and SAR initiatives have been designed, and tested, with civil liberties and privacy in mind. Both are aimed at identifying suspicious behaviors and increasing our shared ability to protect the country.

Today, we’re also premiering several additional resources to better connect citizens and communities with the kinds of information and tools that DHS offers. I urge you to visit our new "Hometown Security" resource page on DHS.gov, and to stay connected via the Department’s new Facebook page as well.

To give you a better sense of how our partnership approach looks, and – to borrow a sports metaphor – how we're fielding a bigger, better-trained team, I’d like to discuss four areas of focus for us in the coming year.

Counterterrorism

Our most fundamental responsibility remains preventing terrorist attacks on the homeland. And to support this critical mission we have worked very hard to strengthen and build our domestic information-sharing architecture by increasing the capacity of state and major-area fusion centers to serve as centers of analytic excellence.

We have made historic strides in aviation security - accelerating the deployment of new security equipment at our domestic airports, and launching an international initiative that, in October of last year, produced a first-of-its-kind global agreement by 190 nations to increase aviation security standards worldwide. During the coming year, we will continue, and hopefully complete, negotiations with the European Union on strengthening information sharing in the aviation environment, and extend such information sharing to other continents as well.

We will build on these efforts by leading an international effort to strengthen the security of the global supply chain, which brings goods and commodities to our shores, and across our borders. This includes an initiative called Project Global Shield that we have launched with the World Customs Organization, or WCO, and 60 other countries to prevent the theft or diversion of precursor chemicals that can be used by terrorists to make improvised explosive devices. It also includes a new initiative with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the WCO, and other international partners, to identify and protect the most critical elements of our supply chain from attack or disruption, including key transportation hubs. Together with other Federal departments and agencies, we’re seeking to bolster the resiliency of the global supply chain so that if a terrorist attack or natural disaster does occur, the supply chain can recover quickly, and any disruption can be minimized.

As Tom Ridge liked to say when he was Secretary, the physical borders of the United States should be the last line of defense, not the first. Our goal, quite simply, is to ensure the safety of all travelers and cargo as they travel across the globe.

Border Security and Immigration

A second major set of initiatives involves border security and immigration enforcement. On these two fronts, this Department has, over the last two years, been both relentless and effective.

2010 was a historic year when it comes to securing and managing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. There are now more resources on the southwest border – in terms of personnel, technology, and infrastructure – than ever before in American history. And we continue to see progress on every metric. The numbers that are supposed to go up have gone up, and the numbers that are supposed to go down have gone down.

The number of illegal crossings – the best indicator of illegal traffic – is now at less than half its all-time high. At the same time, in the past two years, we have seized more contraband across the board – illegal bulk cash, weapons, and drugs – than we've seen in recent years.

But we won’t stop there. Our priority continues to be the removal of criminal aliens who pose a danger to public safety and national security.

Because of the dedicated work of our ICE personnel, in the past fiscal year more illegal aliens with criminal records were deported from the U.S. than ever before, a 70 percent increase from two years ago. An agreement known as Secure Communities, which uses biometrics to identify and remove criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails, has expanded from 14 jurisdictions in 2008 to more than 1000 by the end of this month. It will be in every jail and prison by 2013.

I recognize, too, that illegal immigration is driven in large part by the demand for illegal labor. As our economy grows, that demand may grow as well. That is why we’re working to make E-Verify all that it can be to help businesses ensure a legal workforce. We must instill a culture of compliance among employers. And we’ll continue to conduct audits to ensure all businesses are following the law.

We are also focused on improving and strengthening the legal immigration system, including formalizing a policy that expedites citizenship for non-citizens serving our country in the military overseas. And we continue to grant citizenship to record numbers of military service members.

DHS will also develop an automated vetting capability for immigration benefit processing that will enable us to immediately address national security risks. We will roll out the E-Verify "Self Check," which will enable prospective workers to check their employment authorization status. And, we will begin transitioning from a paper-based system to a new customer-focused, centralized, electronic case management system for immigration benefits.

Cybersecurity, Science, and Technology

While immigration and border enforcement have been longstanding challenges to our security, we also face new and emerging ones.

Over the past two years, we’ve increased our capacity to fight cyber crimes and cyber terrorism, opening a new 24/7 watch and warning center, and testing our country's first national-level cyber incident response plan, while increasing our stable of cyber experts by some 500 percent.

We entered into a historic agreement with the Department of Defense and National Security Agency to detail the division of labor among our organizations. We have also worked closely with the private sector to protect our nation's critical infrastructure, including new funding for port security and communication systems, as well as new standards for building and securing Federal facilities.

This year, we will complete the deployment of the Einstein 2 threat detection system across the Federal space, and we will continue to develop, and begin deployment, of Einstein 3, which will provide DHS with the ability to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity. And we will work through our Science and Technology directorate, our dozen academic "Centers of Excellence," and our many partners in the Federal government, on technological advances. For example, to develop the secure and efficient airport checkpoints of tomorrow; design the materials that will make our infrastructure more resilient to an attack or natural disaster; and devise the screening and detection capabilities that will keep us ahead of threats from nuclear and radiological materials.

Resilience and Response

Through the hard work of FEMA, our National Protection and Programs directorate, and others across DHS, working with our many federal, state, local, and private sector partners, we've increased our preparedness for disasters of all kinds, and strengthened the resilience of our most vulnerable critical infrastructure.

As the President announced in his State of the Union, the so-called "D Block" of communications spectrum will be set aside for public safety, so we will work with first responders on the standards and requirements for interoperability of vital communications equipment during times of crisis.

We will continue to improve and expand the disaster exercises so critical to disaster response. This year, FEMA will lead the largest exercise ever of its kind, testing our ability to respond to a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault line that runs through the midsection of the country.

To augment our global supply chain security effort, we will work with the private sector and international partners to expand and integrate "trusted traveler" and "trusted shipper" programs that facilitate legitimate travel and trade while enhancing security.

We'll launch the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program, requiring high-risk chemical facilities to vet individuals with access against the Terrorist Screening Database.

And we will expand the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, program to ensure that only authorized maritime workers can access secure areas of regulated vessels.

Recruitment

Let me say something directly to the students in the room, because part of why I wanted to give this speech – this first annual State of Homeland Security speech – here at George Washington was because I want to make a special appeal to you.

I know you are not old enough to remember, but I bet you’ve seen images of the iconic posters of Uncle Sam, with his index finger pointed out, with the caption that read, "I Want You." Those recruitment posters encouraged a generation of Americans to enlist in the U.S. Army.

Now, I have always had deep respect for the military. As Governor of Arizona I was Commander-in-Chief of the Arizona National Guard. The Coast Guard is in the Department of Homeland Security, and I have had the honor not only of visiting troops in places like Afghanistan, Europe, and the Persian Gulf, but also talking to wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital. My Department today employs over 48,000 veterans, and through partnerships with the Department of Defense, and organizations like the American Legion, we’ll be over 50,000 by the end of next year.

So, it is with the greatest respect that I say it’s time for a new recruitment poster. Today, DHS wants you. We want a new generation of Americans to join the fight against the new generation of threats to our homeland.

DHS offers exciting careers in areas spanning law enforcement, intelligence, and counterterrorism, like intelligence analysts, policy experts, and international affairs specialists who help negotiate global agreements; Secret Service agents and investigators who are protecting our leaders, thwarting terror plots, fighting transnational crime, and breaking up human trafficking rings. We offer many opportunities for internships, and our various fellowship and scholarship programs attract top students from top academic programs across the country.

All of these positions – all of them – come with the opportunity not only to do great work in this exciting field, but to serve your nation as well.

I am often asked what I lose sleep about as homeland security secretary. Common sense would say that in an open society with 8,000 miles of land borders, and 95,000 miles of coastline, a terrorist could get through, or a homegrown one could succeed. A novel weapon could be deployed. A community could be temporarily overwhelmed. I’m concerned about all of those things.

But I want Americans to know what I do not lose sleep over. I do not worry about the core values that have guided our country for more than two centuries – the same values that the new citizens I naturalize are seeking to uphold: freedom, hard work, shared responsibility.

Even if our enemies were to succeed in pulling off an attack on the homeland, they will never succeed in undermining those enduring values.

In Afghanistan, there’s a plaque that hangs in the residence of the American Ambassador. On it is a quote from President Woodrow Wilson that reads: "Let us set for ourselves a standard so high that it will be a glory to live up to it ...and then let us live up to it...and add a new laurel to the crown of America."

So, let us set a standard that high for homeland security. Let us strive for more partnerships; a bigger team; and an even greater willingness from our citizens to share responsibility for our collective security. And let us then meet that standard, and add a new laurel to the crown of America.

Thank you.

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Release Date: January 27, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

"Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will travel to London on Friday, Jan. 28. While in London, Secretary Napolitano will meet with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos to discuss cooperative initiatives to increase the security and resilience of the global supply chain and bolster cargo security - including efforts to support DHS' continued collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Secretary Napolitano will also meet bilaterally with UK Home Secretary Theresa May and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss collaborative efforts to strengthen cyber, cargo and aviation security and ensure the security and resilience of the global supply chain against terrorism, transnational crime and natural disasters while facilitating the flow of travel and commerce. More details on the trip will be released once they are finalized.

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Jan 25, 2011 | Comments 0

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Music is one art that is enjoyed by billions of people around the world. Music has been there since creation. We read stories in the bible that tells of the effect of music such as the young David playing his harp to king Soul so that the evil spirit may go away. There are other great stories such as those which go a long way into asserting the fact that music is indeed what soothes the soul. Today we have different genres of music such as soul, rock, pop, rhythm and blues amongst others that resonate everywhere in the world. Technological development in the present times has enabled people to enjoy music by creating cutting edge products, e.g. 3D surround sound that enables a person to listen to every aspect of the music. With this has come the menace of loud music. There are people who love to play loud music in their apartments, cars or iPods without thinking of the consequences. Without knowing it, they are damaging their ears and affecting their heart rate.

Having recognized loud music as a menace, the article seeks to offer insights on the menace of loud music.

Recent research carried out by various medical bodies have indicated that when one plays loud music akin to the one played in discos they are without knowing it creating toxic effects in their bodies. In simple terms, it creates an effect of ecstasy in the brain. The consequences can be brutal to your brain in the long run. This is even made worse when you decide to indulge in drugs. A majority of doctors have come to one conclusion that the overall effect is a decline in your life span. Brain toxic is complicated further when you have the effect of drugs together with loud music. The resulting effect is damage of the nerves system. In addition, when the toxicity is not managed as fast as possible it can damage your body. When the natural balance in the body is affected, you start suffering from other opportunistic diseases due to the decreased immunity.

Other than creating a toxic effect in your body, loud music has the immediate effect of interfering with your hearing. There are clubs that play such loud music that you can feel the floor and tables vibrating. When the vibration is too much for your ears to handle, the end result is rupturing of your ear drums. If you did not know, ear drums are not replaceable thus having a permanent hearing problem. If you are on medication, try as much as possible to avoid loud areas as this may also cause a toxic effect.

Loud music has a long time effect if it the side effects are not managed immediately. If you love the party scene too much think about the long term effect you are creating on your body.

Last but not least, loud music has the tendency to slow down your brain activity. With time, you will find yourself becoming slow. Word of advice, “Avoid Loud Music”

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Jan 25, 2011 | Comments 0

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This is the world of competition, survival of the fittest. It can be seen everywhere, like in fields of job, market, institutions as well as schools. In fact the feelings of competitions begin at an early stage. Everyone tries to prove their abilities to get a better chance, to get a better placement. And even schools and institutions want their students to perform better in comparison to other institutions and force them to have better academic qualifications. Even parents want their child to be the topper of their class. All these ultimately give rise to the academic pressure at school. But whatever may be the situation, it’s the student’s burden to take upon.

All these academic pressure increases day by day. Students get loaded with assignments and home-works but get a very less time for submission. And the schools arrange unit tests every now and then to test the abilities of the students. Now every student may not be as intelligent or hard working like others, and thus that fellow becomes the sufferer. Though there is no reason to underestimate, but securing fewer marks in a class will only bring scolding from teachers or even parents.

All of the above mentioned things adversely affect the mentality of a student. So to help your child to cope up with such situations, you can do the following –

  • Make arrangements for private tuitions for your child, so that the tutor can help him with the doubts or difficulties, and can help him improve his strategies like reading more in a lesser time.
  • Instead of pushing your children, help them with their home-works or assignments if needed.
  • Don’t scold your children for securing fewer marks in an exam. It can never help him to improve, but it can only make him demoralized. Instead give them your full support and try to help them to perform better in the time.
  • Inspiration plays a major part. Don’t forget to inspire your children so that they can be motivated to study a particular subject, more importantly if they seem to neglect it.
  • If your child is not performing well and feels highly pressurized by it, try to calm them down, and make them realize it is not their fault, and they can always have a second chance.
  • Many times it is seen that the children is suffering from mental trauma or severe health disorders as a result of academic pressure. Make them take a lot of rest, and you can seek the help of a doctor to obtain specific stress relieving medicines.
  • Sleeping is the best possible way of getting relieved from pressure and stress. Make sure that your child is having enough rest.
  • Ask the teachers and the school authorities politely not to scold your child if he is not being able to perform well in the class.

Good mental health is a must for any school child. Competition is good to some extent, but the parents must realize what their children are capable of, and try to encourage them instead.

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Jan 25, 2011 | Comments 0

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Office is a place which houses all your important meetings and stores your necessary documents. Office is the place where one spends most of his or her day time. Taking care of it is very important. Your daily business transactions take place there. If it caught fire you would have a severe loss and have to even bear an extra burden of redecorating and reallocating all your departments. It should be maintained properly and it should be secure. What if your office catches a fire? What would you do then? All your important papers, files, machines would get burnt in the fire. It would damage your office and destroy everything. You need to take necessary precaution to prevent your office from burning down in a fire.

A fire burns everything and all it leaves behind is ashes. Everyone should be prepared to tackle a fire so that one can save the maximum valuables and stop the fire.

The following steps can be taken in order to protect oneself in case of an office fire:

Firstly take care of the small things like reduce the use of adapters and make provisions for sockets and overloaded sockets are also one of the causes for office fire. The cables in your office shouldn’t be connected by taped joints as they lack adequate amount of insulation and have less mechanical solidity. Any cable upon damage should be completely replaced and this must be done by a professional. The partially burnt out wires are also a source of fire in an office. Always keep check of any spoilt plug points or leakage and make sure to get them repaired. Equipments that cannot be checked visually should always have a routine check by service personnel. Always power off any equipment after use or even while cleaning it. Ensure that your colleagues are aware of the guidelines and motivate them too register any faults in the electric appliances or other electrical faults.

In case of a fire, do not go haywire whatever happens. Remain calm and composed and think of escaping the office. Always make a point to familiarize yourself with the fire exits and even make your fellowmen aware of the same. You must have a fire extinguisher at your workplace and never make use of water as it worsens the situation. Do not keep waste papers thrown here and there in the office as these would serve as fire carriers when your office catches a fire.

Smoking in the office should be avoided until and unless special room isn’t provided for that purpose as a small lighted cigarette can start a huge fire. Hence always make sure the cigarette is completely put off before disposing it. Keep your office tidy in order to spot any small fire and stop it before it engulfs the entire office. Before shutting the office always have a safety check of all the corners and appliances and switch everything off.

It is always better to prevent a fire from occurring as it damages everything and they can’t be revived back.

Fire Alarms

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Jan 25, 2011 | Comments 0

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There are a number of safety measures and precautions which should be adopted while working in the kitchen. The main reason behind this is that the kitchen houses a lot of potentially dangerous instruments like knives and shredders which possess sharp edges, as well as a number of electrical equipments like microwave ovens and mixers, which can prove to be dangerous if left operated by children without supervision of adults. Even adults can get injured if they are unmindful while using these instruments.

 

 

Some precautions that should be taken while in the kitchen are listed below.

  • The wires connecting all the electrical and electronic equipments in the kitchen should be properly tested for installation faults and wire continuity. The cords and plugs should not be frayed, and the insulating material should not be broken. All instruments should have 3 pin grounded connections for safety of the equipment and the user.
  • Extension Cords pose a potential threat due to the fact that they do not provide proper protection against water/ electrical shocks to the user. Instead, it is much better to use ground fault interrupters, which provide proper grounding.
  • Faulty or damaged appliances should be replaced immediately. Malfunctioning appliances are a threat to the user, as they may lead to unexpected surges of voltage, and the user may suffer an electric shock due to faulty insulation. Such mishaps can be prevented by timely replacing the faulty appliances, or getting them properly repaired by professionals.
  • Cabinets and drawers containing prescription medicines, cleaning supplies and any chemicals which may be dangerous to children. Matches and oven igniters should be kept in high and secure places, away from the easy reach of children.
  • Pots and pans should not be left cooking on the stove. In case you have to leave the kitchen for some reason, it is better to turn the stove off before leaving.
  • It is very important to maintain proper attire while cooking. Loose garments may cause problems
  • Ventilation is an important factor in the kitchen. Make sure that the vents are not blocked by furniture or dust, and that there is proper air flow within the kitchen. A proper ventilation system ensures that smoke created during the cooking process does not accumulate inside the kitchen.
  • It is advised to keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, in case of accidental fires.
  • Scalding is a common occurrence in the kitchen, mainly due to extremely hot liquids or steam. It can be prevented by being careful while lifting lids from hot food, as well as handling hot liquids.
  • A smoke detector is a must have in every kitchen. It can prevent escalation of a minor threat into an unmanageable condition.
  • Cutting instruments like knives and shredders should be sharpened properly. This is because blunt instruments are more likely to cause injury, as they require greater amount of effort to do the same work.

These are just a few precautions which can help make the kitchen a safer place by preventing the most common accidents or injuries.

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