Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning

Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security
National Response Center Analysis Report (2005)
This report presents the findings of the NRT review of the National Response Center (NRC) and its services, including analysis of those agencies contributing funding, an inventory of resources and capabilities, and recommendations for its future role, including consideration of new responsibilities and coordination related to homeland security.

Environmental Protection Agency's Role in Counter-Terrorism (1998)
Identifies the responsibilities the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been assigned and the authority EPA has been granted to prepare and respond to emergencies involving oil, hazardous materials and certain radiological substances. Outlines EPA's role in counter-terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response.

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American Red Cross: News and Events (American Red Cross)
A variety of news stories and press releases to keep you informed about Red Cross activities, from the ways we deliver on our mission, to the impact of our work on everyday lives.

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs: Chemical and Biological Defense (DOD)
The Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) fields capabilities to the Joint Force in a core mission area of the DoD to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and plays a key role in executing the DoD Strategy for countering WMDs. The program principally supports the Priority Objective to deny the effects of current and emerging WMD threats through layered, integrated defenses. It provides direction and enabling capabilities to maintain and expand technical expertise; cooperate with and support partners; understand the threat environment and vulnerabilities to; control, defeat, disable, and/or, dispose of WMD threats; safeguard the force, and manage consequences. The CBDP provides this support as described in the CBDP Strategic Plan.

National Disaster Medical System (HHS)
When disaster strikes, people need health professionals they can count on to protect health and augment healthcare systems to stabilize patients and save lives. Disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, and the flooding in Louisiana have shown that major disasters can overwhelm state, local, tribal and territorial resources. When that happens, the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is there to help fill in the gaps, supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. NDMS professionals also serve behind the scenes at many large-scale national events, like the Presidential Inauguration, or Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where there is the potential need for a cadre of trained medical professionals to provide help when seconds count. (DHS)
Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Center for Domestic Preparedness (FEMA)
The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response.


Working together to protect against threats to our land, air and water

United States Environmental Protection Agency United States Coast Guard United States Department of State United States Department of Defense U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) United States Department of Energy United States Department of Agriculture United States Department of Health & Human Services United States Department of the Interior United States Department of Commerce United States Department of Transportation United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission United States General Services Administration United States Department of Justice United States Department of Labor