By: FPS Inspector Glen Patrick
Federal facilities have always been attractive targets for criminals and terrorists. Many of these facilities house critical U.S. government functions, or are iconic American landmarks. With such an important protection mission, FPS is always searching for innovative solutions to stay ahead of those that would do harm in today’s dynamic threat environment.
Since the integration of EDD teams to FPS’ repertoire of security services, the agency has seen faster response times and broader impact to improving national security. There is no technology out there today that can search areas for explosives as fast and reliably as a K9. Our K9 teams can sweep areas and unattended items, and if cleared, they can get facilities back up and running with minimal disruption.
K9s bring great success to FPS operations because they are adaptive to changing environments and interact well with human elements, including their handlers and the general public. FPS works daily to balance the tasks of achieving comprehensive security and ensuring convenient access of the public to services housed by federal facilities. FPS K9 teams are a seamless solution to this challenge because K9 presence is an effective deterrent to those that would do harm—in part because they are such a popular and effective means to detect explosive components everywhere.
Today, EDD teams are the most effective way to detect explosives, and FPS continues to make this service available widely by partnering with federal, state, and local officials.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
What We Talk About When We Talk About Preparedness
Ready.gov team—along with the entire Department—direct their energies toward building the preparedness of all Americans. What do we mean by preparedness? Simply put: to strengthen our defenses against emergencies of all kinds.
Simple steps you take to prepare yourself for emergency situations will help you stay calm when faced with a crisis, and help you recover faster should disaster strike.
Regardless of your family's preparedness level, Ready.gov is a great resource for getting started or learning more about ways to protect yourself. And if you're looking for a forum to share ideas and best practices, join the National Dialogue on Preparedness and share your ideas with the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force.
Established at the direction of Congress, this task force was directed to take stock of the numerous efforts that have shaped preparedness policy, guidance, and investments since 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and to find ways to ensure that similar efforts in the future are efficient, streamlined and measurable.
We’re counting on your thoughts and ideas about the state of national preparedness to help inform the Task Force and their report to Congress.
So log in and submit your ideas ---the dialogue closes on September 10 – and join the many Americans that have already weighed in and played their part.