HSEMA participates in the following councils within the Washington DC region.
The DCEPC operates and serves the District by continually re-examining the overall state of emergency and disaster readiness, providing a consistent network of District agency expertise to make the DC Government a national leader in comprehensive emergency management and homeland security, and making recommendations on improving District planning for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters as well as emerging threats.
The District of Columbia Local Emergency Planning Council, Inc. (DCLEPC) was established to monitor and inform the public about the use of hazardous chemicals in the District of Columbia.
The Homeland Security Commission was established by the Homeland Security, Risk Reduction, and Preparedness Amendment Act of 2006. The primary function of the Commission is to make recommendations for improvements in homeland security and preparedness in the District and report its findings to the Mayor and the DC Council. The Commission met on a quarterly basis throughout the year to discuss and evaluate the status of homeland security within the District and completed its first annual report this past year.
The report focused on cybersecurity, based on a consensus among industry experts and national security officials that the cybersecurity threat represents the greatest overall disparity between the potential for damage relative to the District’s ability to thwart any threat.