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New national poll finds majority of Americans want government to fight climate change

The poll found that 77 percent of Americans overall want the government to take greater action to combat climate change with 90 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of independents and 48 percent of Republicans in support.

Pacific Northwest prepares for earthquakes, tsunamis with help from UW scientists

Scientists at the University of Washington are helping prepare the Pacific Northwest for earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, including the development of the first tsunami evacuation structure in the United States and a prototype earthquake early warning system.

DHS can make significant reforms by looking at past Pentagon history, RAND analyst says

The Goldwater-Nichols Act, also known as the Department of Defense Reorganization Act, implemented "thoughtful, serious and reasoned reforms" at the Pentagon and similar legislation can help reform and improve DHS management and operational activities, wites Daniel M. Gerstein.

TSA seizes more than 2,200 firearms at airports in 2014, a 22-percent hike from prior year

TSA provided a rundown of seizures – and photos of the items – that officers made last year of prohibited items and those that appeared dangerous. The agency said it screened more than 653 million passengers last year, which was an increase of 14.8 million from the prior year.

Ohio needs to better account for homeland security grants, DHS IG reports

The government watchdog said it's unclear whether Ohio effectively used federal Homeland Security grants because it didn't have adequate performance measures and accounting practices – and that might leave the state potentially ill-prepared in responding to disasters.

Ebola outbreak exposed major weaknesses in US health system, report finds

The Ebola outbreak has exposed major vulnerabilities in the ability of the United States to contain severe infectious disease threats, according to a recent report from a non-profit health group.

Short emergency messages not as effective in alerting people about imminent threats, study finds

The study from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START also found that rearranging the content within the message and including a map showing an area that's been affected by a hazard could also improve public responses.

Annual audit: FEMA grants administered effectively, but better planning, oversight needed

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general summarized 18 audits that were conducted on 13 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia in fiscal 2014. Collectively, they were awarded about $447 million in State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative grants by FEMA.

New, affordable device can help first responders use current radio systems to communicate, DHS says

Agencies can upgrade and reconfigure their legacy systems for less than $500, instead of replacing an entire system if it becomes obsolete, which can cost as much as $15,000.

Coburn issues final critical report on problems facing DHS, homeland security

On his last day in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn issued a critical report on the Homeland Security Department, saying it's doing a substandard job from border security to counterterrorism to cybersecurity.