Homeland Security Timeline

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Homeland Security Timeline

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Sept 11, 2001



Hurricane Katrina

Virgina Tech Shootings

Fort Hood Shootings

Boston Marathon

Aug 2005

Apr 16, 2007

Nov 5, 2009

Apr 15, 2013

The Fort Hood shooting was a mass shooting that killed 13 people and injured 30 on an American military base. The United States Department of Defense and federal law enforcement classified these shootings as an act of workplace violence. Following these shootings, the Department of Homeland Security along with other federal agencies created policies for common identification standard for federal employees and contractors. In this lengthy document it redefined the lessons learned from the Fort Hood shooting and combined recommendations of force protection, emergency response and mass casualty, etc.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda terrorist group. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by al Qaeda terrorists and flown into buildings. Two of the planes flew into the World Trade Center. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed into a field near Pennsylvania. The attack claimed 2, 296 lives and caused approximately $10 billion dollars in property damage. It was deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement in the history of the United States. The domestic reactions to this attack were the largest restructuring to the U.S. government in contemporary history. The United States enacted the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security.

Hurricane Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Total property damage was estimated at 108 billion dollars. The natural disaster caused severe damage along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas. The most significant deaths were in New Orleans, Louisiana. On Aug 29, Katrina's storm surge caused 53 breaches to various flood protection structures, submerging eighty percent of the city. The storm surge also devastated the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. The death toll from Katrina is uncertain but a estimated 1,836 fatalities were attributed by the storm. In the aftermath of this huge catastrophe, the Department of Homeland Security developed and transformed more policies and procedures for federal emergency preparedness and response.

The Virginia tech shooting was a school shooting that killed 32 people and wounded 17. The attack is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. History. The attacks received international media attention and drew widespread criticism of U.S. gun culture. The Department of Homeland Security designed training programs designed primarily to prepare and fight against active shooters. These programs target violence and attempt to build resilience.

The Boston Marathon Bombings were a terrorist attack. Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathons finish line killing three people and injuring another 264. The Department of Security learned valuable lessons from this attack. They outlined three areas of focus: 1. importance of partnerships 2. Effective communication 3. the need to further boost anti-radicalization efforts. In the wake of this horrible tragedy, the Department of Homeland security established "an extended perimeter to intercept potential suspects and interview witnesses."


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