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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Governor's Guide to Homeland Security (An Update)

Governor’s Guide to Homeland Security (An Update)

The Homeland Security & Public Safety Division has assembled best practices for governors and their homeland security policy staff in A Governor’s Guide to Homeland Security. This guide covers fundamentals ...
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NGA Welcomes Council of Governors Appointments

NGA Welcomes Council of Governors Appointments

Panel coordinates across states on homeland security, disaster response and the National Guard The National Governors Association today welcomed the president’s new appointees to the Council of Governors, a body ...
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Experts Roundtable on Enhancing Housing Resiliency

Experts Roundtable on Enhancing Housing Resiliency

January 24, 2019 | Washington D.C. The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) held an Experts Roundtable on Enhancing ...
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Retreat on Improving Energy Resilience in the State of Oregon

Retreat on Improving Energy Resilience in the State of Oregon

December 11 – 12 | Salem, OR The state of Oregon, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), is hosting a retreat on policies ...
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Maryland Resilience Retreat

Maryland Resilience Retreat

November 29 -28 | Reisterstown, MD The State of Maryland, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Planning ...
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Idaho Energy Resilience Retreat

November 15 - 16 | Boise, ID The state of Idaho, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Environment, Energy, & Transportation and Homeland ...
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Energy Resilience for Water & Wastewater Systems

Water and wastewater systems are highly dependent on reliable supplies of electricity. Long duration power outages can interrupt water supplies, leading to adverse health impacts and lost economic activity. Speakers ...
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Testimony – FEMA Grant Funding

Written testimony by Governor Sandoval and Governor Bullock on behalf of NGA to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the importance of FEMA grant programs for state ...
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States Focus on Preventing Targeted Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced that four states, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and Virginia, have been selected for a policy academy aimed at developing strategic plans ...
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