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Author: MaryAnn Tierney
All eyes were on Philly for the Democratic National Convention. Very few eyes were on the work being done behind the scenes by local, state, and federal agencies to prepare for a possible emergency.  And that’s exactly how it should be.As speeches and performances happened on stages, representatives from FEMA Region III, the Secret Service, Philadelphia police and fire departments, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Parks Service, and many more...
Posted On: August 26, 2016
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
The security measures undertaken for the Papal visit were unprecedented, resulting from months of planning, meeting, and coordinating to keep both his Holiness and pilgrims, onlookers, and visitors safe. Only a few previous Popes have visited the United States, and throughout his tour of Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, Pope Francis has left an indelible impression on all who have seen him. His address to Congress was the first by a Pope, and his actions, compassion, and words have moved many who have seen him. As a National Special Security Event (NSSE), the Pope’s visit...
Posted On: October 1, 2015
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
Richmond, VA, August 30, 2011 -- Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano (right) talks with Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell as they enter the Virginia Emergency Operations Center. Secretary Napolitano visited Virginia to meet with state and local officials and survey damages after Irene.Yesterday, we teamed up with our partners in the Commonwealth of Virginia to welcome Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Governor Bob McDonnell, U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to the Virginia State Emergency...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2011 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (right) & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (second from right) receive a briefing from Regional Response Coordination Center manager John McGowan prior to the onset of hurricane Irene.On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Chaka Fattah and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Regional Response Coordination Center in Philadelphia, Penn. I first called Congressman Fattah to thank him for his support during preparations for Irene, and the call ended in an invitation for both gentlemen to take a tour of the...
Posted On: August 29, 2011