Homeland Security

Nationwide Plan Review: Phase I Report
Released in February 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nationwide Plan Review: Phase I Report (36 pp.) provides the status of catastrophic planning in every state and 75 of the nation’s largest urban areas. The report to Congress presents the initial findings based on the self assessments of emergency operations plans conducted by states, territories, and urban areas. It indicates that while current plans are generally consistent with existing federal planning guidance and voluntary standards, many states, territories, and urban areas are concerned about the adequacy and feasibility of their plans to deal with catastrophic events.

Naval Postgraduate School's Homeland Security Digital Library
The Naval Postgraduate School's Homeland Security Digital Library is a gateway to a wide range of authoritative resources on the subject of homeland security. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Domestic Preparedness, the password-restricted Web site is for government officials and scholars who are working to secure the nation and require access to information on a wide spectrum of homeland security-related topics. Resources include a large collection of authoritative documents and relevant online and locally' held resources, the ability to search multiple online databases, homeland security news headlines, an "Ask the Librarian" feature for research questions, and a Weblog announcing new reports, book reviews, and other relevant resources.

Emergency Transportation Operations and Homeland Security
The Federal Highway Administration has reengineered and expanded its emergency transportation operations and homeland security Web site with the continued purpose of providing state and local agencies with valuable information to help them make wise decisions to improve the security of roadway operations. Resources are organized based on prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery classifications. New content includes sections on cybersecurity and funding.

Disaster Timeline Charts
Several time line charts are available from Claire B. Rubin & Associates, including a Disaster Time Line (1978-2006), the Terrorism Time Line (1993-2006), and the Century Time Line (1900-2005). The charts can be browsed online at the project website, or hard copies can be ordered. The poster-sized charts show major focusing events and the influences each event had on major outcomes—reports and analyses; federal statutes, regulations and executive orders; federal response plans; and major federal organizational changes

Center for State Homeland Security (CSHS)
The CSHS is a national resource dedicated to supporting state and local governments carry out their role in homeland security while supporting the evolution of a national strategy across all levels of government and the private sector. CSHS is structured as a nonprofit collaboration governed by the National Emergency Management Association, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and Mitretek Systems. CSHS supports strategic planning and timely access to available information, facilities, and tools. By pooling efforts to address common concerns, state and local governments will have more resources available to acquire needed equipment, develop and train personnel, and coordinate services.

Homeland Security Standards Database
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developed the Homeland Security Standards Database (HSSD) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first set of standards is loaded under the categories of threats, emergency preparedness and response, borders and transportation, information analysis and infrastructure protection, and DHS adopted standards. Many of these categories have additional subcategories for further specificity.

The goal of the HSSD is to provide a single comprehensive source for standards that relate to homeland security. To meet this goal, ANSI is working with DHS, standards developing organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and classify relevant standards. The initial effort deals with the area of first responders.

Homeland Security Education
HomelandSecurityEDU.org was created as a resource for those looking to the future and aspiring to become homeland security professionals at the federal, state and local levels. This resource serves to educate those who are called to protect the American homeland through service in one of the many careers available in the area of homeland security. HomelandSecurityEDU.org provides free access to information on homeland security divisions within federal, state and municipal government, the careers found within these organizations, and the education necessary to qualify for these jobs.