Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

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

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day

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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

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

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day

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Federal Teams Working to Restore Power and Stabilize Critical Infrastructure after Hurricane Maria

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the top priority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal government is continuing to provide life safety and life sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes efforts to restore power, and stabilize critical infrastructure.

More than half of dialysis centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Approves Waiver of Jones Act

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

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

WASHINGTON – Early this morning, in recognition of the severe impacts on Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act. The decision follows yesterday’s request from the governor of Puerto Rico and the Secretary of Defense’s determination that a waiver is in the interest of

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Three Ways To Help After Hurricane Maria

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.  For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can leverage the expertise and experience of non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations and private sector partners to most effectively and efficiently help provide support for survivors in Puerto

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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Testifies at Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

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

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke testified at the annual U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on threats to the homeland.

Excerpts from Acting Secretary Duke’s testimony are below.

“In recent weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have placed the spotlight on natural disasters.  With FEMA’s leadership, our Department and the

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Oral testimony of DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland”

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee:

It is my honor to testify on behalf of the men and women of DHS, who shield our nation from threats every single day. 

In recent weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have placed the spotlight on natural disasters.  With FEMA’s leadership, our Department and the whole of the federal government have come

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DHS Blue Campaign Announces New Training for Aviation Industry

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

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

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have released a new human trafficking training for aviation industry personnel through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).  Developed by survivor advocates, law enforcement, and aviation experts, the interactive, online module outlines common indicators of human trafficking that aviation personnel may specifically encounter.  The training also details how

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Federal Response Continues to Focus on Saving and Sustaining Lives

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

WASHINGTON – As the response to Hurricane Maria continues, and the recovery begins, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family remain focused on life-saving and life-sustaining measures to ensure the safety of residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). 

Today, FEMA Administrator Brock Long is meeting with FEMA personnel and the governors of the USVI

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Fact Sheet: How to Help Children Cope with Hurricane Harvey

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

Children in Texas may be struggling emotionally in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

They May Need More Help If …

  • They had direct exposure to the hurricane and flooding, experienced an evacuation, saw injured or dying people, or were in situations in which their own lives were threatened.
  • They suffered personal loss due to the death of – or serious injury to – a family member, close friend or pet.

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