- The Fusion Center provides 24 hours a day statewide information sharing among local, state and federal public safety agencies and private sector organizations in order to facilitate the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence relevant to terrorism and public safety.
In 2004 the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security developed five homeland security planning regions to receive U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funds designated to support local governments and first responders.
Developed in 2007, the plan guides the Commonwealth’s statewide communications interoperability planning and implementation efforts that support the work of first responders and public safety officials. The plan closely follows the template provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM Program. This plan will be updated during 2012.
- Putting plans & training into action in response to a variety of disasters or emergencies.
State Homeland Security Strategy
The Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy (SHSS) articulates a vision for homeland security and emergency preparedness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It serves as a guide for state, regional, and local preparedness activities. The SHSS was created with input from state, regional, and local stakeholders across a wide range of relevant disciplines including: emergency management, law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, public health, health and medical, transportation, communication, and NGOs. The SHSS is also informed by our most recent Threat, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR). Together, EOPSS and our homeland security partners have developed this strategy to ensure that Massachusetts is resilient and prepared, as well as to enhance our ability to respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.