The United States Department Of Homeland Security (DHS)

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Compared to other departments of the federal government, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the youngest among all. After the tragic events of 9/11, DHS was created by the passing of the “Department of Homeland Security Act of 2002, and was an outgrowth of the Office of Homeland Security established by President George W. Bush after Sept. 11, 2001. Strong congressional support for a new federal department that would unify diverse and overlapping security functions of the federal government led to a White House proposal for the DHS in June, 2002, and the legislation was passed late the same year.” (Pearson Education, 2000 - 2015). The creation of the DHS allowed for the reorganizing of existing agencies with functions…show more content…
The chemical purchasing computer system can be linked to law enforcement’s computer system which raises an alarm on major purchases being made regardless of location and time. Law enforcement can begin to investigate and legally monitor activities of individuals that have raised an alarm and if found necessary law enforcement can request a search warrant from a judge to conduct search and seizure operations. Since our water supply is considered a critical industry and infrastructure, employees should be required to undergo stringent security background checks and as well as a thorough psychological exam to ensure they are mentally and physically able to perform their duties. These employment policies can add an additional layer of protection against any terrorist links that employees may have had. The idea of these measures is to provide law enforcement with an effective tool to identify individuals with potential terrorist related ideologies and then devise actions to counter this potential threat in order to protect the residents of…show more content…
CERT according to the FEMA’s website is a “Program (that) educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. (FEMA Website,

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