News & Upcoming Events


FBI Pittsburgh Branch Citizens Academy

In addition to providing training for new agents and our law enforcement partners here and overseas, the FBI Academy also offers members of the community an up close and personal look at how we operate through our Citizens Academy program.

Homeland Security Partnership Bulletin

Welcome to The Partnership Bulletin. Designed for widest distribution, the Bulletin provides a snapshot twice a month of upcoming stakeholder and cross-sector training opportunities and exercises, along with major critical infrastructure events and key announcements.

Resilience: Managing the Risk of Natural Disaster

Resilience is an area of growing attention and growing concern. Over the years the need to comprehensively address all aspects of the resilience timeline has become ever more important. In conjunction with several co-authors, we have tried to address this topic through a pair of companion books that will be made available for free download through the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) council for "The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP)".

New Intern Hanna Martin

Introducing Hanna Martin, the PRBCHS's newest intern. Hanna is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Communication, Global Management, Chinese and Homeland Security. At the Coalition, Hanna has been working on updating and improving the web site and the BECON network program so that members can receive proper and timely notification when a crisis or threat becomes active in the region.


Please help support this mission and consider individual membership or corporate sponsorship for 2015-2016. Please click on the link below to be forwarded to applications for both the individual membership and the corporate sponsorship.

PRBCHS Member Meeting May, 2015

PRBC for Homeland Security's Members Meeting on May 28th, 2015 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm. This meeting will be held at the Penn State University Beaver Campus (Monaca, PA). Vendor tables available @ $250 per table. Email requests to by May 25, 2015.

Ebola Response Update and Response References

he Ebola Response Update provided during the webinar last week provided useful and timely information from the Office of Preparedness and Response within the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the DHS Office of Health Affairs.

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Toolkit

We are all busy “fighting the good fight” to keep our infrastructure, organizations and communities safe and secure. On behalf of Assistant Secretary Durkovich and our partners at the Department of Homeland Security, I am pleased to share with you some tips and tools that will help you raise awareness.

FEMA Private Sector INFO: November Preparedness Toolkits

During the Month of November there are some really neat toolkits attached for you to use, and share, with your own stakeholder groups to help promote the following three important focus areas of the upcoming month. Namely: Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month, Native American Heritage Month, and Veteran’s Day.

The November meeting of the Three Rivers Contingency Planning Association

Our program is entitled ‘Planning for Pandemics - an Informational / Update Meeting’. Our featured speakers are Dr. Amesh Adalja, an epidemiologist from UPMC, Special Agent Phil Smith from the Pittsburgh office of the FBI, Alvin Henderson from Allegheny County Emergency Services, Tom Mangan from the Allegheny County Health Department, and Byron Harriger from the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

PRBCHS Member Meeting December, 2014

PRBC for Homeland Security's Members Meeting on December 10th, 2014

InfraGard Pittsburgh Presents: Summer Social and Technology Roundtable

You and your colleagues are invited to the InfraGard Pittsburgh Summer Social and Technology Roundtable


The 2014-15 season for the Pittsburgh Chapter of ISSA begins on Friday September 12th.

The September meeting of the Three Rivers Contingency

SEPTEMBER MEETING - The September meeting of the Three Rivers Contingency.

Alerts From Law Enforcement

FBI Flash: FBI Liaison Alert System and Backoff Malware: Infection Assessment

FEMA Private Sector Advisory: INFO: July Preparedness Toolkits

With hot heat, there is always a myriad of safety measures to keep in mind.

Leaders in Strategic Communication and Crisis Management: Expect the Unexpected

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY By Oliver S. Schmidt. The first warning was an e-mail from a regional sales rep alerting management at headquarters that a reporter from a TV station in another state had visited a customer facility where the company’s equipment was in use.

Pennsylvania Authorities Search for Missing Nuclear Gauge

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and police in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon are searching for a missing portable gauge containing sealed sources of radioactive material. The device is a Troxler Model 3411B nuclear density gauge with serial number 5434.

FEMA Private Sector Division Monthly Newsletter

Hurricanes and other natural disasters can be unpredictable. I lived in Charleston, SC, the year Hurricane Floyd threatened the East Coast.

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Homeland Security Coalition Appoints New Executive Director Matthew J. Brown

Pittsburgh, January 30, 2014: The Board of the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security (PRBCHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew J. Brown as its Executive Director.

Workplace Security Awareness

This course was developed by the Office of Infrastructure Protection and FEMA EMI. This course is self-paced and takes approximately one hour to complete. Upon completion of Workplace Security Awareness, employees and managers will be able to:

Cybersecurity: Protecting America’s New Frontier

Our critical infrastructure, such as the electrical grid, financial sector, and transportation networks that underpin our economic and national security, have suffered repeated cyber intrusions, and cyber crime has increased dramatically over the last decade.

America’s Waterway Watch

The Coalition is proud to promote AMERICA'S WATERWAY WATCH, an important initiative underway by the United States Coast Guard.

Coalition Strategic Initiatives

Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security's 5 Coalition Strategic Initiatives for Task Force Groups

Homeland Security Degree Ready to Launch

For months, representatives from area educational institutions worked to create a unique degree program as part of a Homeland Security Training Initiative developed by the Pennsylvania Region 13 Counter Terrorism Task Force and its Homeland Security Training Consortium.

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