DHS Launches YouTube Channel

The agency redesigned DHS.gov
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The Department of Homeland Security is the latest federal agency with its own YouTube Channel, providing one easy outlet for video.

The agency also announced the redesign of DHS.gov to enhance increase transparency and provide accurate, up-to-date information to the public, it said.

“Social media plays an increasingly large role in our engagement with the public, especially in the event of an incident or disaster,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “These new tools will facilitate an open dialogue about the Department’s security efforts across the nation and around the world.”

The YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/ushomelandsecurity) will highlight events, speeches, public service announcements and other related content

DHS.gov was reorganized around Secretary Napolitano’s five major responsibilities—counterterrorism, border security, enforcement of immigration laws, disaster preparedness and response and Department unification—and redesigned based on user input and search analysis to help visitors find relevant and timely information.

A YouTube channel consolidating the video of all federal agencies launched May 21.

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