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Homeland Security, is Hometown Security

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, and the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets, and must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying projects with a broad focus that will support local communities.

See the local security initiatives we have going on here in Pittsburgh, to include our Suspicious Activity Reporting page.

Active Shooter Information

Pittsburgh EMA has an archive of Active Shooter specific information available to the community.

Autumn Safety

As the warm days of summer draw to a close, the nights begin to grow cooler and nights seemingly approaches faster than ever. With the arrival of autumn it is important that everyone take necessary steps to prepare themselves, their families, and their homes for the dangers of cold and wet weather. As clocks are turn back, sunrises pose problems for commuters with bright sun light obscuring vision. Having a pair of sunglasses in the vehicle is a good strategy to reducing the possibility of this temporary blindness. As leaves begin to fall make sure all walk ways are cleared to reduce the likelihood of slip and fall hazards, the addition of rain or frost only makes this hazard worse for people and vehicles. Along with turning back the clocks of the household, it is suggested that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have their batteries changed and are tested prior to using any natural gas related heating devices. Have furnaces and other gas devices checked for leaks and ensure that ventilation systems are not damaged or blocked. Be Prepared! Cold weather is unpredictable and dangerous to people of all ages. Monitor weather reports daily and ensure that everyone is prepared to deal with cold weather with proper clothing, and vehicles have undergone necessary maintenance actions to ensure operability. By preparing for autumn and winter now only allows for more time with friends and family, so be safe and enjoy watching the leaves change.

posted 10/12/16 @ 3:52 pm
New National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)


The Department of Homeland Security has announced an update to the country's terrorism advisory system to give detailed information to the public in the event of a terror threat. The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, communicates information about terrorist threats to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, as well as the private sector. A new feature of the NTAS is the addition of a bulletin. This bulletin will describe current developments or trends of threats to the U.S. and outline actions by DHS, the Justice Department and FBI. Specifically, what those agencies are doing to respond to that threat. The bulletin feature also gives advice to the public about how to report information if they see something of concern.

posted 12/18/15 @ 11:13 am
Don't Put Off Preparing for Disaster

The day before Hurricane Sandy was just like any other day. The day before September 11th and the Paris Attacks were just like any other day. The day before the day of a disaster is just like any other day.

Don’t put off being prepared for a disaster until tomorrow. Get prepared today. Make a disaster plan, pack a “go bag”, and talk to your family about being prepared.  There are many tips on our Facebook page regarding disaster preparedness. Don’t put off getting prepared for a disaster until tomorrow.



posted 12/03/15 @ 1:53 pm

Every state in the U.S. has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, and although some more than others, everyone is at risk. You can take steps to prepare for when severe weather strikes in your area. Knowing the most common weather hazards in your area, your vulnerability, and what actions you should take can save your life and others. 

Severe Weather is ever present during Pittsburgh's change of seasons. Review the "Emergency Resources" tab we have at right, to see our Summer preparedness info. Watch the Community Weather Alert video below, and sign up for the City of Pittsburgh's Emergency Alerts!



posted 5/21/13 @ 10:08 am

Reflecting upon the tragic events of San Bernadio, Paris  Sandy Hook, and other like events within recent years, Pittsburgh OEMHS has an archive of Active Shooter specific information available to the community. Some of this information can be found on our Facebook page, and we encourage you to see our most recent posts. Additional information can be found under the OEMHS link to the top right or by clicking here


posted 12/17/12 @ 12:00 pm
Suspicious Activity Reporting

Remember – if you see something that is actively occurring or may pose an immediate threat, call 9-1-1 immediately! However, if nobody is in danger yet you feel that government and law enforcement entities should be made aware of suspicious activity, please feel free to fill out an online Suspicious Activity Report.

posted 9/09/11 @ 9:00 am
See Something, Say Something

If you see something, say something! Follow this link to learn more about the campaign on improving the process of alerting government and law enforcement to information that could play a crucial role in keeping Pittsburgh secure:

posted 9/09/11 @ 9:00 am
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