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. Governors continually work to address many long-standing challenges related to public safety such as interagency information sharing, operational coordination and eliminating the root causes of criminal activity and recidivism. Protecting the public requires close coordination among all levels of government, as well as with the private sector. Leveraging resources, strengthening coordination and improving information exchange between federal and state authorities remain critical to addressing these challenges and meeting the homeland security and public safety needs of the nation.
1.2 Preparedness and Response
- National plans and strategies should be developed collaboratively between federal, state and local governments.
- Any federal law requirements imposed upon the states should be properly funded.
- Federal agencies should proactively work with state resources, including the robust network of state and local fusion centers, state and local first responders and the National Guard.
- States should have maximum flexibility in how grant funds are utilized and funds should be coordinated through the state.
- The federal government, in collaboration with states, should enhance efforts to secure critical infrastructure, transportation systems and food supply chains, including increased use of advanced technology.
1.3 Public Safety Broadband Network
The nation has a unique opportunity to dramatically improve first responder communications by developing the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network. Governors support efforts to make this network a reality and provide the following recommendations to ensure the network meets the needs of public safety:
- Give states maximum oversight and flexibility in the network’s build out and governance to ensure nationwide coverage and interoperability.
- Ensure that states’ priorities and views are properly represented as the first responder network authority (FirstNet) begins construction and implementation of the network.
- Clearly identify any expected costs to states for enabling the networks’ development within the states.
1.4 Border Security
- The federal government must fulfill its responsibility to secure the borders and enforce existing immigration laws.
Time limited (effective Winter Meeting 2015 – Winter Meeting 2017).
Adopted Winter Meeting 2015.