Defining the Role of the Environmental Health Profession in Homeland Security

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Defining the Role of the Environmental Health Profession in Homeland Security


* The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a six-point agenda:

1. increase overall preparedness, particularly for catastrophic events;

2. create better transportation security systems;

3. strengthen border security and interior enforcement, and reform immigration processes;

4. enhance information sharing;

5. improve DHS financial management, human resource development, procurement, and information technology; and

6. align the DHS organization to maximize mission performance.

* DHS provides resources and training both for professional first responders and for citizen volunteers.

* Training programs include

-- ODP Training and National Domestic Preparedness Consortium--direct training for state and local jurisdictions;

-- Compendium of Federal Terrorism Training for State and Local Audiences--searchable online database;

-- Emergency Education Network--first-responder-information programming schedule;

-- National Fire Academy--training and education for members of fire services and allied professionals;

-- Noble Training Center--hospital-based medical training in disaster preparedness and response; and

-- Emergency Management Institute--training to help organizations and individuals work together effectively

* DHS provides the following information resources:

-- National Incident Management System Integration Center--resources to assist state, local, tribal, and federal agencies adopt and implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS);

-- NIMS--online introduction to the principles of NIMS;

-- Comprehensive HazMat Emergency Response Capability Assessment Program--assistance in preparation for hazardous materials incidents;

-- Emergency Management Exercise Reporting System--assistance in tracking and accessing exercises;

-- National Exercise Program--training, exercises, and collaboration;

-- Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program--exercise activities of varying degrees of complexity and interaction;

-- Lessons Learned Information Sharing--lessons learned from terrorist events and training exercises;

-- U.S. Fire Administration Publications--free publications for emergency responders;

-- Responder Equipment Knowledge Base--online source of information on equipment;

-- State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Directory--online directory of emergency services resources, by state;

-- Homeland Security Information Network--computer-based counterterrorism communications network. …

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