​​​​Following the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. in 2001,  Former President George W. Bush announced a need to develop a national strategy for homeland security. At that time, there were at least 40 federal agencies with responsibilities for homeland security activities.  The Homeland Security Act (2002) created the Department of Homeland Security which is the overall agency in charge of protecting the American homeland by providing a more unified homeland security structure. Homeland security involves citizens being prepared as well as ensuring that businesses are prepared and secure.

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Cybersecurity and identity theft

Communication through computer networks and telecommunication require enhanced security measures. Identity theft is a serious issue, especially for people involved in disasters.


Recognizing terrorism agents (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) and preventing their use.

Mass Shootings

Resources to help deal with mass shootings.