Homeland Security

Governors play a critical role in homeland security and are responsible for protecting people, property, and businesses within their respective states and territories. Governors are confronted with a range of events—from natural and man-made disasters, disease outbreaks, acts of terrorism, and other major emergencies— such as catastrophes on the scale of COVID-19, Hurricane Maria, or the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Homeland Security Program provides technical assistance to Governors and their staffs on a range of national security policy issues, including violence prevention, energy assurance, public health emergency preparedness, and emergency management, including disaster response, recovery and resilience.

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The Governor’s Guide To Public Health Preparedness

This guide serves as a primer on public health preparedness, detailing current strategies, available resources and existing partnerships that may help policymakers bridge the gap between the disciplines of public safety and public health. By doing so, governors can develop a stronger cooperative network for emergency response and provide their states with a safe and healthy future.


Governor’s Roadmap to Preventing Targeted Violence

This roadmap distills the latest research and draws from elements of public-health interventions to provide guidance to governors, state and local leaders, and other stakeholders on how to prevent ideologically inspired violence—whether political, gender-based, or religious. By taking a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to preventing such violence, states can build safer and more resilient communities.


Governor’s Guide To Homeland Security

This guide covers fundamentals in homeland security best practices ranging from emergency management, fusion centers, grant management, the national guard, emergency declarations, critical infrastructure and other areas of homeland security that a governor and their policy staff would need awareness on.

Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council

The Homeland Security Program manages the independently charted Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, a forum that brings together governors’ principal homeland security advisors from each state, commonwealth, territory, and the District of Columbia to share best practices and establish policy priorities. The Council is compromised of individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds as their homeland security advisors – from military officers to law enforcement professionals, and emergency manager.


Virtual Resource Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This virtual resource center is a repository for state-focused resources pertaining to public health emergency preparedness policy. The resources are targeted at state leaders in the fields of public health, emergency management, and administration, although due to the cross-disciplinary nature of public health emergency preparedness, a broader audience may find these tools useful.


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Council of Governors

National Governors Association Welcomes New Presidential Appointees to the Council of Governors

The National Governors Association today welcomed the President’s new appointees to the Council of Governors, a bipartisan body of 10 Governors that will work with the Administration on issues that ...
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Governor David Ige On DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

Governor David Ige On DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

Opening statement of Hawai‘i Governor David Ige in testimony before the House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery The Governor's full testimony can be ...
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State and Local Perspectives on DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

State and Local Perspectives on DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

Testimony of Governor David Ige of Hawai‘i On Behalf of The National Governors Association Before the United States House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & ...
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Coalition Letter on FEMA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:  “Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program.”

Coalition Letter on FEMA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: “Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program.”

March 5, 2021 Mr. Bob Fenton, Acting AdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20024 Dear Acting Administrator Fenton: On behalf of our collective organizations, we write to express ...
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Issue Brief: Preventing Targeted Violence

Issue Brief: Preventing Targeted Violence

This issue brief was created to help governors implement a multidisciplinary strategy to prevent targeted violence. This brief distills the latest research and draws from elements of public-health interventions to ...
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State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool Demonstration

State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool Demonstration

The SRAP tool is meant to help Governors and their staff assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for disasters. Nov 16, 2020 NGA hosted a webinar to provide an ...
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State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool

State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool

The State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool was created to help Governors and their staffs assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for natural and man-made disasters. Background | Vision/Goals ...
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Coalition Letter on the FEMA Assistance Relief Act

Coalition Letter on the FEMA Assistance Relief Act

Given the frequency and severity of disasters this fall, we urge swift passage of the FEMA Assistance Relief Act in the House as it will make timely changes to assistance ...
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Letter to FEMA Regarding COVID-19 Reimbursable Expenses

Letter to FEMA Regarding COVID-19 Reimbursable Expenses

August 25, 2020The Honorable Pete GaynorAdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20472 Dear Administrator Gaynor:We write to you on behalf of our collective organizations to express concern over ...
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