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The mission of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that the District of Columbia’s all-hazards emergency operations are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.
Summary of Services
HSEMA coordinates all planning and preparedness efforts, training and exercises, and homeland security grants, and facilitates a common operating picture during events, to facilitate good decision-making and response. The Plans and Preparedness Division facilitates the comprehensive planning that promotes resiliency in government agencies, our communities, and critical infrastructure. The Training and Exercises Division ensures that all relevant individuals, agencies and responders are able to operate in their respective roles through effective training courses, hazard and capabilities-based exercises, and plan validations. The Operations Division provides situational awareness, logistical and resource support, and field command operation to coordinate incident response, mitigation, and recovery, and to support District and Federal agencies during special events. It also manages the citywide all-hazards fusion center program. The Homeland Security Grants Division supports the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for the federal homeland security grant programs that are awarded to the District of Columbia and to the National Capital Region (NCR), and provides programmatic oversight to grant-funded homeland-security projects to ensure milestones are met and are in compliance with the applicable grant guidance. The Agency Management/ Office of the Director provides leadership to internal agency operations to perform its overall mission efficiently and effectively, leads the Mayor’s Special Events Task Group, supports a community engagement program and public information program to connect with and inform the public, and provides leadership to the Washington region as members of the National Capital Region homeland security policy advisory group.