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DHS awards final, $834M contract to complete advanced bio and agro facility

It's the third and final phase of construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, expected to cost a total of $1.25 billion. Construction is supposed to finished in 2020 with the facility becoming fully operational two years later.

US regulators propose rules to strengthen power grid against potentially disruptive solar storms

The probability of severe solar storms are low, but they could have a significant impact on the power grid and cause blackouts and damage to equipment resulting in prolonged outages to the system. They can also interrupt communications satellites.

Better strategy needed for assessing security screening at federal buildings, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said protection at such facilities is vital given recent high-profile incidents such as the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., where 12 people died and three others were injured by a lone gunman.

New web app helps Miami-Dade residents visualize the impact of sea-level rise

In July 2014, a regional task force published a report that said sea-level rise is an "inevitable consequence" that will threaten infrastructure, the water supply, natural resources, agriculture and the local economy without adaptive planning.

NIST releases draft guide to help communities better plan for, recover from, disasters

Over the last four years, there have been 42 extreme weather events "that caused at least $1 billion in damage, for a total cost of about $227 billion and 1,286 lives lost."

CBP officers at Houston seaport need to better document waivers of high-risk cargo inspections

In reviewing 382 medium- to high-risk shipments from fiscal years 2011 to 2013, the DHS inspector general said Customs and Border Protection officers conducted the required reviews of such shipments, but could improve the documentation of waivers and exceptions to required inspections of such shipments.

Feds plan to improve resilience of four regions around US to impacts from climate change

The Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the goal is to ensure that long-term conservation efforts in the selected areas in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and the Great Lakes region take climate change into account.

With Earth Day nearing, Obama calls climate change biggest threat to planet

With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.

Little attention devoted to reducing fatalities of railroad trespassers, new CRS analysis shows

In 2014, there were 526 trespasser deaths, 419 trespasser injuries, 213 suicides and 40 injuries from suicide attempts on railroad property compared with just two deaths and 128 injuries from derailments and collisions.

DHS releases guidance on $1.6 billion in funding opportunities for states, tribes, local gov'ts

The Homeland Security Department announced April 2 that about $1.6 billion in grant funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, among others, is available to help improve the nation's readiness in preventing, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks.