This page will be used to provide you the latest Homeland Security information pertaining to boating. Remember, the Coast Guard is part of Homeland Security so what this department does can have an impact on our sport. The page will be updated by our District Homeland Security Officer, D/HS/O Dana L. Tischer, P
Index to Articles
|Introductory Letter||25 Nov 2010|
|See Something - Say Something Program||25 Nov 2010|
|Clues or Activities of Suspicious Nature||25 Nov 2010|
|Small Vessel Security Implementation Plan - Report to the Public||1 Jan 2011|
|Happy Birhtday America - letter from Dana||4 July 2011|
|See-something-say-something Video||8 August 2011|
|How to communicate when a disaster strikes||28 September 2011|
|Homeland Security - Active Shooter Training||1 January 2012|
|Actions to take for long power outage||1 February 2012|
Ahoy D-31 Membership! As your, newly assigned, District Homeland Security Officer I
wanted to provide you with a little bit of background regarding this assignment, and just
what it is.
D/HS/O Dana Tischer, P
Something, Say Something
The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign is a simple and effective program to engage you to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper law enforcement authorities.
As Americans it is important to remember that every individual has a role to play in keeping our country safe and secure. The If You See Something, Say Something' campaign encourages travelers and those who frequent our waterways to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper law enforcement authorities.
Advertisements for the new campaign have been launched in DC-area airports public transit, movie theaters, gas stations and on local radio stations. In the coming months, the Department of Homeland Security will continue to expand the campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to engage America's businesses, communities, and citizens to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our county safe.
Types of Initial Clues or Activities That Could Bring Attention to a Terrorist Plot
Every little piece of information adds up to a bigger picture. Suspicious activity needs to be reported immediately to law enforcement. Reported clues could save lives, yours and mine!Analysis indicates that law enforcement (30%), assisted by the public (29%) is the first line of defense in detecting terrorist plots.. Nevertheless, the importance of the general public and state and local law enforcement in foiling terror plots is clear.
Happy Birthday America!
I trust each of you enjoyed our Nations Birthday, and the opportunity to see friends and family over the 4th of July weekend. It takes work to preserve our freedoms that we have come to enjoy and sometimes take for granted. Those freedoms did not come without paying a price, therefore in honor of those who have served and continue to serve Thank You!
By developing friendships and caring for your families and friends throughout the boating community we continue to grow stronger. In the coming year you may hear of rapidly changing security environments to include monitoring risks associated with boating and traveling to visit family. Learn how to mitigate those risks and recognize threats for enjoyable times on the water or on the road. When something where you might be at any given moment does not look right, report it to the authorities, you could save lives.
I challenge you when opportunities present themselves to make contact with your local Lake Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Be proud and introduce yourself as a member of the USPS. As each Squadron and District continues these partnerships, along with Citizen Corps, FEMA and Homeland Security, our Nations safety and security will be enhanced. By pairing with the capabilities of our local partners the USPS remains poised to preserve peace for generations to come.
USPS, District 31
Oklahoma City Sail & Power Squadron
Video The Department of Homeland Security has posted a great video to
help you and your family understand and recognize suspicious activity.
Dana Tischer, P
|How to communicate when a disaster strikes
When disaster strikes, you want to be able to communicate. You may need to call 9-1-1 for assistance. During disasters, networks could be damaged, lose power, or become congested. This fact sheet provides two important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare for a disaster. The second may help you communicate more effectively during and immediately after a disaster.
How to Prepare Your Home and
a list of emergency phone numbers in your cell phone and in or near your home phone.
During and After a Disaster: How to Reach Friends, Loved Ones & Emergency Services
1. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. (cannot currently text 9-1-1).
2. For non-emergency communications, use text messaging, e-mail, or social media instead of making calls on your cell phone to avoid tying up voice networks. Services like texts and emails are less likely to experience network congestion. You can also use social media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross's Safe and Well program (www.redcross.org/safeandwell).
all phone calls brief; convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family.
FEMAs mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
D/HS/O Dana Tischer, P
| Homeland Security - Active
Recent multiple events including shootings at schools and military bases drove the need to get information out to the public. Keep in mind threats can occur anywhere: ball games, the mall, anywhere crowds gather.
The Department of Homeland Security has developed an Active Shooter training course available for you to take. The course is aimed at informing you how to prepare, react and protect yourself in the event you find yourself in a situation where an individual has a gun and is threatening to use it.
The Training takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. At the end of the course you are asked to enter your SSN and an when you pass the test a certificate is available for printing. I took the course and found it very informative, hope you and your family find it useful.
Link to training course http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is907.asp
If the above link does not work, copy and paste into your address bar and access accordingly
D/HS/O Dana Tischer, P
long power outage
If you've ever experienced a long power outage, you might want to think about this light resource I tried last time we were without power for a few days because of thunderstorms.
used my outside solar lights inside my house at night. I stuck them in a jar or you
can use a bottle and they gave off plenty of 'free light'. I put one in each room at
night and then put them back outside in the daytime. They are safe to use and
cheaper than batteries. You ought to bring in one of your solar lights one night and
lights I have fit into the small (20 oz) water bottles and they also fit into most of the
larger liter bottles. If you need to you can level a weight in the bottom of your
plastic bottle. Will help keep them from tipping over, you can also put a few of the
pretty colorful "flat marbles" that are used in aquariums, and vases. Or use
sand, aquarium gravel, etc., whatever you have available.
solar lights I have burnt all night long. Perfect for power outages, etc.
is a good plan as long as you remember to take your solar lights back outside so they can
recharge and be ready for you to use again any time you need them.
D/HS/O Dana Tischer, P