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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.

Staying Safe Outdoors

Spring provides us with a much needed respite from the bitter unending misery of winter.  However, it is imperative to use best practices to ensure the safety of individuals, families, and the community as a whole even during optimal weather.  Some best practices include wearing safety equipment such as goggles, ear protection, gloves, and appropriate clothing when operating machinery outdoors.  It is also important to wear proper eye protection and gloves when working with many chemicals such as weed removers and insect repellants.  Another best practice is to follow all instructions on outdoor equipment such as chemicals, lawn equipment, and grills.  Protect yourself by using proper sunscreen (general SPF 15 and above) in order to prevent diseases such as skin cancer.  Always ensure that severe weather and temperature shifts are checked daily and proper precautions are taken.  If temperatures are hot ensure that regular intake of water is carried out while avoiding dinks that contain alcohol or sugar as they cause the loss of body fluid.   Know the signs of heat related illnesses! Dizziness, high body temperatures, headaches, nausea, confusion, and other symptoms may manifest in an individual and can result in illness or death.  Stay safe as you enjoy warm weather.


posted 3/23/16 @ 9:43 am
Keep Safe As Spring Temperatures And Weather Arrives

As temperatures increase it is important to remember that while far from the discomfort of winter, warmer temperatures poses its own danger.  According to the National Weather Service (NWS) spring is a time of severe weather due to early season heat, leaving the region vulnerable to severe weather such as thunderstorms, rain, flooding, and unusual heat.  It is also important to check weather reports prior to leaving the home as temperature fluctuations often occur day to day in our area. The NWS recommends taking actions such as keeping an emergency supply kit with 72 hours-worth of food and water and developing an emergency communication plan for your family and loved ones.  Actions such as this, along with raising awareness for those around you, may go a long way towards keeping your friends, family, and neighbors safe during severe conditions.

posted 3/23/16 @ 9:35 am
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
Spring Forward with Safety

Spring can be a time to celebrate warmer temperatures and sunshine; however, it's important to be aware of hazards related to spring such as flooding, dangerous driving conditions, pedestrians, working outdoors, and storm related weather. Discussing safety related topics about spring hazards is a great way to help everyone stay safe and working.


Spring driving and pedestrian safety

Spring driving can be hazardous due to weather and pedestrians. Here is some key information to help workers stay focused and prepared for the unexpected.


Working outdoors

Agriculture, tree trimming, construction, and other outdoor activities can create hazards for workers. Find information to help protect your workers from outdoor hazards.


Storms and flooding

Storms can cause flooding and other weather related issues. Learn how to prepare for these types of situations, and stay safe.


Prepare Your Home for Spring

Spring is a perfect time to clean out your home. Follow these steps to keep you and your family safe when cleaning this season, including tips like:

-If you are moving furniture, keep your back straight and lift with your legs

-Follow cleaning product safety instructions and labels

-Use caution while walking on wet surfaces and clean up spills

-Be sure to wear a mask while cleaning dusty areas of your home


Window Safety

With warmer temperatures arriving, it's important to practice window safety - especially in homes with young children. Participate in Window Safety Week, which is the second full week in April.

posted 3/13/15 @ 9:36 am

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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