homeland security http://kut.org en It’s National Preparedness Month: Here Are 4 Ways to Be Ready for Emergencies http://kut.org/post/it-s-national-preparedness-month-here-are-4-ways-be-ready-emergencies <p></p><p>According to a survey from Austin’s <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/homeland-security-and-emergency-management">Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management</a>, less than 10 percent of Austinites are ready for an emergency or natural disaster.&nbsp;</p><p>“People just don’t think anything’s going to happen here,” explains spokesperson Candice Wade Cooper.&nbsp; “Even though Austin may not be prone to sudden emergencies like earthquakes or tsunamis, there are all kinds of things that can catch you off guard – flooding, fires, burglary.&nbsp;It’s important to be prepared.”</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:42:16 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 8715 at http://kut.org It’s National Preparedness Month: Here Are 4 Ways to Be Ready for Emergencies Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security http://kut.org/post/cornyn-mccaul-call-standards-measuring-border-security <p>Texas lawmakers in Washington want the Department of Homeland Security to define <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=NewsReleases&amp;ContentRecord_id=94680efb-5e39-4d65-8bf2-af29d93719a1" target="_blank">what successful border security means</a>.</p><p>Today, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) <a href="http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/040913_Border_Security.pdf" target="_blank">filed legislation</a> that would require the department to set metrics for achievement and solutions for reaching those standards.</p><p>Cornyn says it’s an important step to take in immigration reform. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7278 at http://kut.org Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security ICE Returns 4,000 Stolen Mexican Relics http://kut.org/post/ice-returns-4000-stolen-mexican-relics <p>The United States is <a href="http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1210/121024elpaso.htm" target="_blank">returning to Mexico more than 4,000 architectural relics</a> that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have seized across the nation.</p><p><a href="http://www.ice.gov/index.htm" target="_blank">ICE</a> says many of the items date from before European explorers reached the North American continent. The items include pre-Columbian stones used to grind corn and other grains, statues, figurines, copper hatchets and other artifacts. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:22:22 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 5449 at http://kut.org ICE Returns 4,000 Stolen Mexican Relics What if a Terrorist Attack Happened in Austin? City Officials Plan Response http://kut.org/post/what-if-terrorist-attack-happened-austin-city-officials-plan-response <p>Here&#39;s one heck of a lunch topic: Responding to a terrorist attack in downtown Austin during South by Southwest.</p><p>That was one of the noontime subjects city officials considered yesterday, in a workshop discussing their role in case of catastrophe &ndash; such as terrorism, an infrastructure collapse or a natural disaster.</p><p>Attendees, including the members of the Austin City Council, considered a range of worst-case scenarios. One was that SXSW attack: &ldquo;It is a beautiful morning in Austin &ndash; bustling, with SXSW in full swing,&rdquo; a planning scenario posited. &ldquo;Without warning a large explosion rocks downtown Austin &hellip; Confirmed fatalities &ndash; 83; Injuries &ndash; 200+ (some key officials and staff are known to be among them.)&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:03:42 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Wells Dunbar 4501 at http://kut.org What if a Terrorist Attack Happened in Austin? City Officials Plan Response Slideshow: Emergency Preparedness Flash Mob Takes City Hall http://kut.org/post/slideshow-emergency-preparedness-flash-mob-takes-city-hall <p>Some 30 people gathered in front of City Hall yesterday, as part of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-feeling-flash-dance-your-way-emergency-preparedness">a city-organized &ldquo;flash mob&rdquo;</a> raising awareness of disaster preparedness.</p><p>The kid-aimed event began with a question-and-answer session for the little ones, complete with emergency pack prizes. Then it was time for the main event: a group dance to a hip-hop inflected preparedness song. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 15:42:35 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4364 at http://kut.org Slideshow: Emergency Preparedness Flash Mob Takes City Hall What a Feeling: 'Flash' Dance Your Way to Emergency Preparedness http://kut.org/post/what-feeling-flash-dance-your-way-emergency-preparedness <p>Catastrophic floods. Bio-terrorism. Nuclear attacks.</p><p>Can a flash mob and a funky beat help people prepare for such emergencies?</p><p>The City of Austin&rsquo;s Homeland Security and Emergency Management&nbsp;office thinks it might be weird enough to work.&nbsp;Today, HSEM is gathering a flash mob outside of City Hall to spread its message of preparedness. The city partnered with <a href="http://www.danceaustinstudio.com/">Dance Austin Studio</a> to design a dance accompanying a song with instructions for making a plan. (Yes, such a thing exists.)</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 18:50:30 +0000 Emily Zendt 4311 at http://kut.org What a Feeling: 'Flash' Dance Your Way to Emergency Preparedness DPS Fires Top Official After Criminal Investigation Into Homeland Security Grants http://kut.org/post/dps-fires-top-official-after-criminal-investigation-homeland-security-grants <p>The Texas Department of Public Safety has started a process to fire a top official who used to be in charge of administering Homeland Security Grants in the state. DPS said <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/pr060611a.pdf">in a statement</a> that the move follows a five-month investigation of Janice Bruno and alleged criminal misconduct involving a grant issued to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.</p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:44:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1645 at http://kut.org DPS Fires Top Official After Criminal Investigation Into Homeland Security Grants