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Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Policy Positions

Providing for the safety and security of citizens is a high priority for governors. With the constantly evolving threat of terrorism and increased occurrences of natural disasters, governors must maintain and continually update state strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Protecting the public requires close coordination among all levels of government, as well as with the private sector.

Governors strongly support the efforts and sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces – active duty, reserve, National Guard and veterans – to protect the United States and preserve our way of life. Governors are particularly concerned with the role of the National Guard as it is the only military force that a governor can call upon to respond to disasters and other emergencies.

The ability of public safety officials to respond to emergencies to save lives and protect property requires modern and reliable communications. Governors have worked to address the long-standing challenge of providing first responders with interoperable communications. Great strides have been made, but today’s systems remain complex and costly and fail to provide public safety officials with reliable technologies such as email, video and text messaging.