Homeland Security secretary highlights Super Bowl safety efforts

Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson | Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson re-launched the "If You See Something, Say Something" safety awareness campaign on Wednesday after meeting with law enforcement in Arizona on Wednesday to discuss security for Super Bowl XLIX.

“As I’ve said before ‘if you see something, say something’ is more than just a slogan," Johnson said. "Whether you are on the plains of Iowa, the streets of Manhattan or a fan at the Super Bowl, we all play a role in keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe. Our partnership with the NFL on the “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign during the Super Bowl is a critical part of our efforts to ensure the safety of every employee, player and fan."

Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday. 

With more than 100,000 visitors expected to descend on the area, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and local law enforcement agencies have put a number of measures in place to keep everyone safe, including beefing up security presence at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. 

Law enforcement officials, and hotel and stadium employees have been trained to recognize threats and potential risks, and how to handle them, including bomb prevention, cybersecuirty and preparedness in case of an active shooter.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also as trained Arizona first responders in the case of a mass casualty incident, and BioWatch detectors will be in place to warn of releases of biological agents.

Authorities also will be on the lookout for indicators of human trafficking as part of the DHS' Blue Campaign, presented in partnership with the Arizona Human Trafficking Council and the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families.

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