Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Participates in National Homeland Security Consortium

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Participates in National Homeland Security Consortium

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On July 11-12, the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) met to continue an open dialogue with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security. Council Member Ken Massey of Farmington Hills, Mich., represented NLC at the meeting.

The NHSC brought 24 national organizations together in a forum that allowed for the open exchange of views and perspectives. Further, the networking opportunities provided a chance to delve below the surface on some topics, as well as the chance to build bridges across organizational boundaries.

NLC has served on the NHSC since its inception in 2002, when it was created to serve as an information sharing and networking forum representing key state and local organizations, elected officials and private sector representatives to enhance communication, collaboration, and coordination that positively promotes national policies, strategies, practices and guidelines to preserve the public health, safety and security of the nation.

"Attending the National Homeland Security Consortium meeting provided a unique opportunity to share perspectives among a variety of organizations that have the overall mission of working to ensure the security of our nation. In the purest sense, all emergency situations are local events," Massey said. "We, as local elected officials, are involved in the day-today operations of local government and shoulder the burden of ensuring that our citizens have the public safety resources available to help in times of crisis."

Ensuring the broad perspective of the security of communities involves substantial planning, training, practice and investments in human and financial resources, he said.

Entrenched in day-to-day activities, local officials become somewhat boxed in their thinking and focus on issues to meet this challenge.

"This consequence is a normal outcome of trying to take a large challenge and section it into smaller pieces," Massey said. …

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