DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The strategy establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS’s efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.


The NBS will:

  • Enhance border security operations through better information sharing, improved domain awareness, and integrated operations.
  • Facilitate and safeguard lawful trade and travelby enhancing rapid inspection and screening, enforcing a fair trade environment, and bolstering border infrastructure.
  • Promote cross-border resilienceby supporting response and recovery capabilities between federal, state, local, tribal, and Canadian partners.


The NBS, which supersedes the 2012 DHS Northern Border Strategy, draws upon the findings from the Northern Border Threat Analysis Report delivered to Congress in summer 2017.

The Department is currently developing an accompanying Northern Border Strategy Implementation Plan which will include measures that enable DHS to evaluate progress toward addressing any identified capability gaps on the northern border. Together, the Strategy and its companion Implementation Plan will improve the Department’s oversight and optimize resource utilization in support of enhancing security, travel, trade, and resiliency along the U.S. – Canada border.

While the NBS is primarily focused on Departmental activities, it recognizes the importance of continued close collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and Canadian partners. Such partnerships remain critical to the security, resiliency, and management of our northern border.

DHS intends to review and update the Northern Border Strategy every five years and assess the Department’s progress on the implementation plan annually. View the Northern Border Strategy here.


EDA is accepting applications for Regional Innovation Strategies program grants

The U.S. Economic Development Administration is accepting applications for the annual Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program grants through Aug. 29, 2018. EDA currently awards grants that build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs (1) through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and (2) through operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage risk capital to innovators and entrepreneurs. Up to $21 million in grants will be awarded this year. To date, the RIS Program has invested in 140 projects, totaling $57 million in federal funding across 40 states and Puerto Rico, supporting the creation of hundreds of new businesses, thousands of new jobs, and millions in new venture funding. Complete information on applying for RIS grants is online.

FEMA releases NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions

FEMA on June 19 released 107 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. These define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts, enabling organizations across the United States to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building national preparedness. The release includes the following core capabilities: critical transportation; environmental response/health and safety; fatality management services; infrastructure systems; on-scene security; protection and law enforcement; operational coordination; public health, healthcare, and emergency medical services; risk management for protection programs and activities; and situational assessment. To view the release, visit the FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool.

Reimbursement for Costs of Firefighting on Federal Property Webinar, June 27

Did you know your fire department can get reimbursed by the government if you are called to a fire on federal property? The U.S. Fire Administration’s Emergency Response Support Branch is hosting an informational webinar on this program. “Reimbursement for Costs of Firefighting on Federal Property,” scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 1:30-2 p.m. Eastern, will provide program details so fire departments can take advantage of this reimbursement program. No pre-registration is required. Participants should sign-in early in order to establish connectivity and print attachments. The audio portion will be by telephone. Conference call in number is 800-320-4330; PIN 110085#. The webinar room will open at 1 p.m. Eastern and the call-in number will be available starting at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

Separation of Families at U.S. Border Statements and Resources






American Immigration Council, Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection



U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Reunite Families and Redirect Destinies



Hispanic Federation, Families Belong Together



Penn State University Center for Immigrant’s Rights Clinic, Family Separation Policy: What You Need to Know



American Immigration Council

Memorial and Funeral Arrangements for Ron Plummer

For those of you who have worked in the emergency management profession in the State of Florida you probably would have met or knew Ron Plummer.  Ron was the Manager of the Orange County, FL Office of Emergency Management.  He and I were hired at about the same time back in 2003.  I worked with Ron for almost 8 years with Orange County.  He always had a smile or a joke and was also upbeat when going to work.  I considered him a friend and a colleague.

I was unfortunately informed on Thursday (6/14) in the afternoon that Ron has passed away.  I am expecting additional details on his funeral and burial over the next several days.  As soon as I have it I will post it on this blog post.

Rest in Peace Ron!


The Funeral arrangements for Ron Plummer are as follows:

Friday, June 22, 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Majestic Life Church, located at 821 S. Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL 32811 (Corner of S Kirkman and Westgate).


Saturday, June 23, 2018
Location: Majestic Life Church

Following the service, family will receive guests at the Barnett Park Gymnasium, located at 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808.


A Grave side service will be held at the Florida National Cemetery, located at 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513 on Monday June 25, 2018.


In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests your kind donations to help cover the funeral and related expenses. Donations will be accepted at both the viewing and the service.


Fire Chief Drozd has appointed Lieutenant Anthony Phillips as OCFRD Liaison to the Plummer Family. Please feel free to contact him for any questions or concerns at Office 407-836-9023 or via email at Anthony.phillips@ocfl.net


Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Mitchell’s Funeral Home. If you would like to leave your condolences, please feel free to do so at http://mitchellsfuneralhome.com/RonPlummer