Morning Security Brief: Oklahoma Tornado, NY Increase in Security Grants, and More
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
Authorities and rescuers are winding down their mission in Oklahoma City after the massive tornado leveled parts of the area. New York state will receive a boost in grant money for security. The government has issued a request for information on increasing the resiliency of its cybersecurity. And more.
►Rescuers are wading through debris in Moore, Oklahoma , and other areas of Oklahoma City, but the search and rescue mission is winding down. NBC News reports that "emergency crews and National Guard troops picked through neighborhoods without recognizable streets in a grim, house-by-house search of the blasted-out husk of a city left behind by the ferocious tornado." The revised death toll stands at 24, including nine children who attended Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Thousands of Oklahomans have been left homeless by the killer storm. CNN reports that about 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed , effecting about 10,000 people. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The National Weather Service upgraded its calculation of the storm's strength on Tuesday, saying it was a rare EF5, the most powerful ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour."
►The state of New York will receive more than $240 million in security grant money . This is an increase of about $34 million from the previous year, says the Wall Street Journal. The site reports that Senator Charles Shumer (D-NY) states, "'The Department of Homeland Security is directing $174.2 million from Urban Area Security Initiative funds to be used in the New York City metropolitan area.... That's up almost $23 million from the last fiscal year.' Schumer said another $66.7 million is coming to New York state from the State Homeland Security Program to be allocated by state government. That's up $11.1 million from fiscal year 2012."
►FCW reports that the General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) on the topic of making the federal government's cybersecurity more resilient. Issued by the GSA and the Federal Cybersecurity Interagency Working Group, the RFI says that "a key step to improving acquisition cybersecurity policy, implementation, and consistency to better manage risks and security…. The announcement comes on the heels of Capitol Hill testimonies from three top Homeland Security Department officials who on May 16 underscored current threats to critical infrastructure."
►Security for the Indy 500 car race and the NBA Eastern Conference finals is being reviewed . The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has responded to criticism by a union of 12,000 of its employees who say that security procedures are too weak for checking the backgrounds of millions people who would apply for immigration documents if the proposed immigration law is passed.