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Homeland Security

Over the past several years, America has shifted from a sense of undeniable security to the stark reality of the September 11, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Threats of additional attacks are a constant concern for most Americans and a comprehensive warning system provides a sense of security.

The modern Emergency Manager recognizes the need to be ready to respond to today's events and be ever prepared to identify and implement strategies to improve homeland security, reduce consequences, and improve response and recovery activities to minimize disruption to their community.

The Role of Outdoor Warning Sirens in Homeland Security

In the event of a terrorist attack, electronic sirens serve as an effective warning tool
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With the use of solar panels, the sirens will remain functional throughout the crises therefore providing a source of communication regardless of the status of commercial power.

What Is Homeland Security?

Homeland Security is defined as the deterrence, prevention, and preemption of, and defense against, aggression targeted at U.S. territory, sovereignty, population, and infrastructure as well as the management of the consequences of such aggression and other domestic emergencies. Homeland Defense is a subset of Homeland Security. It is defined as the deterrence, prevention, and preemption of and defense against direct attacks aimed at U.S. territory, population, and infrastructure. Source: ANSER Institute for Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

In November 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act of 2002 creating the Department of Homeland Security . The new department acquired responsibilities from many existing government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and Secret Service.

The role of the new department is to recognize and analyze threats, guard our borders, secure our airports, protect our critical infrastructure, and coordinate the response of our nation’s Emergency Managers for future emergencies. The overall role of The Department of Homeland Security will be to coordinate all of the nations resources for the safety of the American people.

This is the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in over a half-century. The creation of this cabinet-level agency is an important step in the national strategy for homeland security.

The Department of Homeland Security will have the following organizational structure:

Border and Transportation Security

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures

Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection

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The Emergency Managers Role in Homeland Defense

First responders and Emergency Mangers play a vital role in Homeland Security including managing the consequences of terrorism and other domestic emergencies.
Emergency management is defined as "a process to reduce loss of life and property and to protect assets from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery."

Although the terminology is new the role remains the same. Emergency Managers have been providing Homeland Security and Homeland Defense services for decades. During the cold war the terminology was "Civil Defense" and the chief threat was a nuclear attack. In today’s environment and current threat level, a Comprehensive Emergency Management Program should include an "All-Hazards” approach including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. A good program will address Homeland Security issues as well as Continuity of Operations, Continuity of Government and other related areas. SafetyCom’s team of professionals can play a vital role in helping the Emergency Manager develop the type of program required to mitigate the impact of day-to-day disruption

Related Links

Internet Sites


Homeland Security Resources

Federal Homeland Security

Citizen Preparedness Guide

Homeland Security State Contact List

US Department of State

US Department of Defense

Development of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Emergency Net
24-Hour News, Information, Analysis and Coverage of Disasters and Major Emergency Events.

Bioterrorism: Threats and Events

The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association


International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
and the Emergency Management Institute

Preparedness Center - Disaster preparedness and emergency management, training and exercises for business, government and industry. Hazardous materials emergencies, catastrophic disaster preparedness, security, counter-terrorism preparedness and exercises

University of Wisconsin - Disaster Management Center

Emergency Planning and Management:

Ensuring Your Company's Survival in the Event of a Disaster

Protecting the American Homeland: A Preliminary Analysis

Emergency Management Planning Handbook - This handbook provides a comprehensive guide to emergency management planning in the manufacturing, process, and service industries. It shows managers how to develop and maintain effective emergency management plans for all major hazards, and describes what various companies are going to implement programs.

Emergency Planning on the Internet

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risk management
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emergency management

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