State Emergency Management and Homeland Security: A Changing Dynamic

The discipline of emergency management is at a critical juncture in history. Even before the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, emergency management and other public safety disciplines had recognized the growing implications and reorganized to deal with the growing threat of terrorism. The national effort towards achieving “homeland security” is challenging the resources, relationships, organizational responsibilities and fundamental principles of the entire emergency response community. The relationships between the community of emergency management and the new and evolving dynamic we call homeland security is yet to mature or be defined so that a clear and achievable future path to greater national security and safety can be pursued.

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About the Author
Trina R. Sheets is the executive director of the National Emergency Management Association, an affiliate of The Council of State Governments. She is responsible for organization management, strategic planning, tracking and reporting on national policy issues relating to emergency management and homeland security. Sheets is the author of several national emergency management and homeland security articles and publications.