COLUMN: Untapped Crisis Communications Inreach
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by Dan Stoneking
1d ago
Most organizations conduct some form of  internal communications.  I prefer to refer to this as inreach.  Yes, inreach is a real word.  It is also a helpful reminder that this effort has a corollary and symbiotic relationship with outreach.     Picture yourself as an emergency manager or crisis communicator.  You have worked your outreach hard.  Television.  Radio.  Print.  Social Media.  You want to make sure you are doing everything you can to make a positive difference.  And you wonder if you have left anything unta ..read more
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DHS Secretary, FEMA Administrator and U.S. Fire Administrator Address the World Fire Congress
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by Homeland Security Today
1d ago
Last week, FEMA and the U.S Fire Administration hosted delegates from more than 50 nations at the inaugural World Fire Congress in Washington, D.C. In accordance with the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to reduce fire risk, address growing problem of wildfires, firefighter health and safety, the world’s premier firefighting organizations and government officials came together to share best practices and work to enhance all nations’ response capabilities. With climate change spurring bigger and stronger wildfires and other disasters across the globe, it is more important than ever to str ..read more
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Coast Guard and Other Agencies Tackle Sunken Vessel in Seattle
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by Matt Seldon
1d ago
The Coast Guard, in coordination with the Washington Department of Ecology and several other agencies, is actively responding to a sunken vessel incident in Seattle. The 91-foot crabbing vessel, North American, sank at a pier east of the Ballard Bridge on the south side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal early Tuesday morning. At approximately 7:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a distress report about the sinking vessel. Seattle Fire Department promptly arrived at the scene, deploying containment booms around the vessel to prevent further environmental contamin ..read more
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U.S. Naval Academy Freshmen Conquer Slippery Herndon Climb to Cap First Year
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by Matt Seldon
1d ago
Dozens of U.S. Naval Academy freshmen, known as plebes, took on the grueling challenge of climbing a 21-foot-tall obelisk covered in lard Wednesday morning in Annapolis. Their objective: ascend the slippery monument and replace a “dixie cup” hat with an upperclassman’s hat, symbolizing the end of their first year at the institution. This time-honored tradition, known as the Herndon Climb, dates back to 1950 and honors Commander William Lewis Herndon, who heroically went down with his ship during a hurricane in 1857. The climb is a test of teamwork and determination, as the plebes must work to ..read more
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Coast Guard Saves 3 People, 1 Dog 35 Miles Off Clearwater
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by Homeland Security Today
1d ago
Coast Guard crews rescued three people and one dog, Monday, after their vessel began taking on water 35 miles west of Clearwater. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call through VHF-FM channel 16 around 5:30 a.m. from three people reporting their 47-foot vessel was taking on water. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and Coast Guard Station Sand Key 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew spotted all three people aboard their vessel at approximately 6:45 a.m. The aircrew deployed their rescue swimmer who swam two people from t ..read more
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U.S., Japan, Korea Coast Guards Sign Trilateral Agreement to Increase Maritime Cooperation
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by Matt Seldon
1d ago
The U.S. Coast Guard, Japan Coast Guard, and Korea Coast Guard solidified their commitment to enhancing maritime expertise and promoting regional cooperation by signing a trilateral letter of intent last Thursday. This historic agreement aligns the trilateral cooperation between Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States, focusing on capacity-building efforts for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Pacific Island countries. The letter of intent builds upon a joint statement issued by the three nations’ leaders at Camp David in August 2023. Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson ..read more
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Judge Dismisses California Kids’ Climate Lawsuit. They Plan to Try Again
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by Homeland Security Today
1d ago
After a federal judge dismissed a landmark climate lawsuit filed by 18 California children against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the youth plaintiffs plan to amend and resubmit their allegations, their attorneys say. The children — who have lost homes in wildfires, suffered health problems from breathing polluted air, missed weeks of education due to climate change-related school closures and been forced to ration tap water due to unprecedented droughts — sued the EPA for allegedly violating their constitutional rights by allowing pollution from burning fossil fuels to continue de ..read more
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A U.S.-China EV Trade War Threatens Biden’s Clean-Car Agenda
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by Homeland Security Today
1d ago
The Biden administration’s plan to slap heavy new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles and batteries would provide temporary protection for U.S. auto jobs, potentially at the expense of White House efforts to fight climate change by accelerating U.S. EV adoption. Few Chinese-made EVs are currently sold in the United States, so the immediate impact on consumers of higher EV tariffs would be minimal, analysts said. The White House also plans to more than triple tariffs on Chinese EV batteries and battery parts to 25%. Graphite, permanent magnets used in EV motors and other EV minerals would ge ..read more
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Coast Guard Rescues 4 Boaters Near Freeport, Texas
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by Homeland Security Today
1d ago
The Coast Guard rescued four people from their overturned vessel near Freeport, Texas, Monday. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a Mayday call at  4:47 p.m., from a crew member stating their tug and barge was rolling over on its side with four people aboard. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted a Coast Guard Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, and directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston. Th ..read more
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Coast Guard Offloads $185M in Illegal Narcotics During Miami Fleet Week
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by Matt Seldon
1d ago
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC 913) made a significant contribution to the ongoing fight against drug trafficking by offloading more than 13,803 pounds of cocaine and 3,736 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $185 million, at Port Everglades last Friday. The interdictions were part of a coordinated effort involving U.S. and international partners in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Over six separate cases, Coast Guard crews, alongside interagency and international units, successfully intercepted the illicit drugs. Cmdr. David Ratner, commanding officer of USCGC ..read more
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