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Wednesday
Dec102014

NH DOS - KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN RESPONDING TO THE STORMS

Department of Safety

Division of Homeland Security and

Emergency Management

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center at 4 PM today as it monitors the impact of the winter storm moving through the State and coordinates response efforts between utility companies and state and local entities.

 

“We’re closely monitoring this storm as a drop of just a few degrees can quickly make matters much worse,” State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer said. “The most important thing for everyone to remember is that proper preparations and good decision making can prevent a tragedy.”

 

Plummer said the following simple safety precautions can keep people safe during the storm:

 

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Portable generators are convenient to have when winter storms hit, Plummer said. However, improper usage can lead to fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution, he said. For your own safety and the safety of the line crews attempting to restore power, please follow these guidelines:

 

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The ­New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the State’s response to major disasters. This includes natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms, and human-caused disasters, such as nuclear power plant accidents or chemical spills. In our Homeland Security function, the Division also works on planning and training to prepare for terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go to http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.

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Wednesday
Oct082014

NH HSEM - 2014 Great Northeast Shakeout.

NH HSEM Encourages Everyone to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” During the 2014 Shakeout

 

CONCORD - On October 16th at 10:16 a.m. millions of people across the world will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” while participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

 

The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) encourages everyone to participate in the 2014 Great Northeast ShakeOut.

 

“ShakeOut is a great opportunity to prepare for a major earthquake by holding an earthquake drill, but it’s also an opportunity for families, schools and businesses to consider preparedness for all natural and man-made disasters,” Perry Plummer, director of New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said. “The time to prepare is now. Make sure your emergency kits, family emergency plans and communication plans are completed and up-to-date, and go to ReadyNH.gov to sign up for NH Alerts.”

                         

Earthquakes do happen in New Hampshire. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey forecasts larger and more damaging earthquakes along the East Coast than previously thought. New Hampshire is currently at medium risk of earthquakes and residents should know how to be safe when an earthquake occurs.

 

In 2013, about 25 million people participated worldwide. Currently, more than 350,000 participants have registered in the Northeast along with more than 23 million worldwide.

Participation is voluntary and can be as simple as a 60-second drill.

 

Learn more about The Great ShakeOut and event registration at: http://www.shakeout.org/northeast/.  

New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the State’s response to major disasters. This includes natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms, and human-caused disasters, such as nuclear power plant accidents or chemical spills. In our Homeland Security function, the Division also works on planning and training to prepare for terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go to http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.

Wednesday
Sep242014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN CAMPAIGN RELEASES NEW AD: "PROTECTING AMERICA'S FREEDOM"



BROWN CAMPAIGN RELEASES NEW AD: "PROTECTING AMERICA'S FREEDOM"


MANCHESTER - Today, the Brown campaign released a new television ad called, “Protecting America's Freedom,” on the ISIS threat and the need for strong measures to keep out of the country people who would do us harm.

 
Brown, who retired this year as a colonel after a 35-year career in the Army National Guard, is a strong advocate for securing the nation's borders, and has proposed legislation that would revoke the citizenship of any American who joins a foreign terrorist organization.
 
Shaheen has voted twice against border security and for amnesty, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee she has been a supporter of President Obama's weak and ineffective foreign policy, voting with him 99% of the time. Earlier this year, Shaheen made the statement that terrorist organizations like the radical jihadist group Boko Haram had nothing to do with Islam, which was greeted with widespread criticism.
 
Tomorrow, Brown is scheduled to make a major foreign policy speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm, where he will address the need to restore American leadership in an unstable world.


Click here to watch the ad.
 

Transcript of "Protecting America's Freedom" (:30):

Scott Brown:
Anyone who turns on the TV these days knows we face challenges to our way of life
 
Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country
 
President Obama and Senator Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat—not me
 
I want to secure the border
 
Keep out the people who would do us harm
 
And restore America’s leadership in the world
 
I’m Scott Brown and I approve this message
 
Because protecting the homeland is the first step to making America strong again
Monday
Sep152014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN TO SHAHEEN: NO RECESS WITHOUT SECURING BORDER & CONTAINING HOMEGROWN TERRORISM 

MANCHESTER - Today, Scott Brown sent a letter to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen asking her not to adjourn for congressional recess without accomplishing two important goals: securing the border and passing a bill that will prevent American ISIS fighters from coming home.
 
In the letter, Brown raises concerns about our porous borders in light of recent terrorist threats, writing, “If anyone (including ISIS) can cross our borders at any time, with anything in their possession, then Washington has no control over our nation's security from terrorist attack.”
 
Brown also called on Shaheen to either re-introduce or sign onto the legislation recently proposed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to revoke the citizenship of the Americans currently overseas fighting ISIS. As a senator, Brown introduced similar efforts in 2010 and 2011.
 
Writes Brown: “I believe that it is just a matter of time before some of these U.S. passport holders or their terrorist allies from visa-waiver countries train their sights on our homeland.  I am asking you to reintroduce my prior legislation that would strip U.S. citizenship from those fighting alongside ISIS and prevent them from returning to the United States by taking from them their greatest weapon – a U.S. passport.”
 

See text of the full letter below:

 
September 15, 2014
 
United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senator Shaheen:
 
Last Wednesday night, President Obama laid out his plan for defending our state and nation from the terrorist war being waged upon our citizens by the brutal extremist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”).  ISIS is a group whose tactics exceed even al-Qaeda in their brutality and depravity.
 
It is clear that the ISIS threat is another wave of the jihadist movement that has been waging war on us for decades and continues to shed innocent blood in pursuit of their long-term vision of a worldwide caliphate. Just this weekend, they brutally murdered a third westerner in a gruesome public beheading. 
 
>From the bombing that murdered 241 of our Marines in Beirut in 1983, to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, to the attacks on our African embassies in 1998, and the cowardly suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, and countless incidents in between, the United States has been a prime target of a global terrorist movement which wants to cause the collapse of our civilization. 
 
Thirteen years ago, an attack on our homeland resulted in the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11.  Since that day, terrorists have directly conducted or inspired attacks in every corner of the globe, from London to Bali to Madrid to Boston and beyond. While the Department of Homeland Security claims no "credible" threat to the homeland from ISIS currently exists, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has warned that the group is "sophisticated," "well-funded," and "beyond anything we have seen."
 
Like all Americans, I have a patriotic respect for the Office of the President in a time of war and I support the recent actions he has announced against ISIS.   However, it has been disheartening to see that members of the Obama Administration have at times denied that there is a war going on at all, assigning it more politically palatable names that attempt to minimize the threats we face. 
 
I continue to be concerned that Americans will not be safe and we will not have a sound national security policy so long as our borders are continually trespassed by people entering the country illegally.  By failing to secure the borders and willfully refusing to enforce the laws that Congress passed and past presidents signed into law, the White House continues to put our neighbors here in New Hampshire and around the country at risk.
 
It only took 19 hijackers to unleash the devastating events of 9/11.  Today, there are a number of Americans fighting alongside ISIS.  I believe that it is just a matter of time before some of these U.S. passport holders or their terrorist allies from visa-waiver countries train their sights on our homeland.  I am asking you to reintroduce my prior legislation that would strip U.S. citizenship from those fighting alongside ISIS and prevent them from returning to the United States by taking from them their greatest weapon – a U.S. passport.  Senator Cruz recently filed a similar bill that I also recommend to you.
 
Logic and history show us that there can be no national security without border security. If anyone (including ISIS) can cross our borders at any time, with anything in their possession, then Washington has no control over our nation's security from terrorist attack. Neither of us know where ISIS and its allies are plotting their next terrorist attacks, but there is little in the Administration’s border policy to assure us that we are safe from these very real threats.  We need to secure our borders as the first step in any immigration reform, but now it has become a national security imperative.  
 
Before you leave Washington and come to the campaign trail, I hope that you will show leadership and take material steps to enforce the laws and secure the borders as soon as possible.  There is no defensible excuse for the President and Congress to shirk their duty to enforce our immigration laws, a failure which undermines the will of the people and now puts them at risk.  Liberty, the cherished bedrock of this state, is only secure when the rule of law is respected.
 
If you cannot ensure this basic level of government performance in defense of New Hampshire and our entire homeland, then I ask that you explain to our citizens why the current policy of porous borders and lax treatment of passport-holding terrorists makes sense in this era of heightened security concerns.

 
Sincerely,



Scott P. Brown
Wednesday
Jul242013

Watchdog.org - Investigation targets Homeland official

Investigation targets Homeland official, Gulf Coast Funds

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice for the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping Gulf Coast Funds Management secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas was named by the DHS Inspector General’s Office as a target in an ongoing investigation about the EB-5 foreign investor program, the AP said.

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